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Professor Emeritus
Contact Info


B.A., M.A., Western Kentucky University
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

  • Social Issues
  • Social Deviance
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Sociology of Law

Critical theories of crime, juvenile court dispositions, rural crime and criminal justice, and illegal immigration enforcement policies.


Dr. Carter has authored books on Rural Crime and Deviant Behavior. He has numerous publications on a variety of topics including crime victimization, juvenile court sentencing, class inequality and crime, critical theories of crime, adolescent drug use, declining economies and crime, corporate crime, arrest decisions and use of force by and assaults on game wardens. These publications, among others, are widely cited in leading journals and texts in Sociology, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, and Criminal Justice.

Recent Study & Grants

Currently evaluating local law enforcement and illegal immigration policies.

Evaluation Study of the Prince County Illegal Immigration Policy (2008).

Enforcement Experience with Illegal Immigrants in the National Capital Region (2009).

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