Michael J. Carter

Michael Carter
Full-Time Faculty
Office location:
SN 336



  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California-Riverside, 2010
  • M.A. Sociology, San Diego State University, 2003
  • B.A. Communication Studies, Sonoma State University, 1995
  • Specialty Areas: Social Psychology, Research Methods, Statistics, Sociological Theory, Self and Identity, Group Processes, Sociology of Emotions, Sociology of Morality, Sociology of Education, Social Institutions

Courses Taught

  • SOC 150: Introductory Sociology 
  • SOC 305: Culture and Personality 
  • SOC 307: Ethnic Diversity in America 
  • SOC 345: Social Psychology 
  • SOC 368: Sociological Theory I 
  • SOC 368S: Research Seminar in Sociological Theory 
  • SOC 468: Sociological Theory II 
  • SOC 468S: Research Seminar in Sociological Theory II 
  • SOC 497: Methods of Social Research 
  • SOC 497L: Research Methods Laboratory 
  • SOC 545: Seminar in Social Psychology 
  • SOC 699: Independent Study 
  • MPA 620: Research Methods for Public Administration 

Research and Interests

Michael J. Carter’s main research interests are in social psychology, specifically the areas of self and identity. His recent work examines how the moral identity influences behavior and emotions in small groups and across social contexts. He also has interests in the sociology of education and has studied various facets of contemporary elementary school pedagogy. His past work in education examined the effects of standardized testing, content standards, and scripted learning strategies on curricula, assessment, and teacher morale. In addition to teaching at CSUN, Dr. Carter has taught courses at San Diego State University and University of California, Riverside, including Statistical Analysis, Identity and Society, Social Change, Human Societies, Formal Organizations, Community, Socialization and Personality, Social Roles and Interaction, and Fear and the Media