Michael J. Carter

Michael Carter
Associate Professor
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

Undergraduate Courses:

  • SBS 320: Social Science Research Methods
  • SOC 150: Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 250: Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • SOC 305: Culture and Personality 
  • SOC 307: Ethnic Diversity in America 
  • SOC 345: Social Psychology 
  • SOC 350: Population Dynamics
  • SOC 368: Sociological Theory I 
  • SOC 368S: Research Seminar in Sociological Theory
  • SOC 400: Organizational 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 

Graduate Courses:

  • SOC 545: Seminar in Social Psychology
  • SOC 601: Sociological Theory in Historical Perspective
  • SOC 670: Studies in Contemporary Sociology
  • SOC 696A: Directed Graduate Research 
  • SOC 699: Independent Study 
  • MPA 620: Research Methods for Public Administration
  • MPA 630: Organization Theory and Human Behavior 

Research and Interests

Michael J. Carter’s main research interests are in social psychology and microsociological theory, specifically the areas of self and identity. His past research has examined moral identity processes, Deaf identity processes, and identity change. His recent research examines how identities operate in digital media environments. 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. Dr. Carter's research has been published in a variety of academic journals, including Current SociologySocial Psychology Quarterly, and American Sociological Review.