Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology
315 East Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Angie's Recent Research:
2014 Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research/Creativity by Graduate Students
Toyota Together Green Conservation Fellowship
“Students Creating Curriculum Change: Sustainable Agriculture and Social Justice” by Angie Carter, Claudia M. Prado-Meza, Jessica Soulis, and Diego Thompson in the Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis (vol. 3 2014)
Navigating the Waters research project ISU Sociology Extension page
“Strategizing Partnerships for Managing Natural Resources” By Rebecca Christoffel and Angie Carter. ISU Extension PM 3030A. 2012.
Angie's Public Sociology:
"Heart of the Farm - Why Women's Unique Family and Farm Business Roles Matter." Extension Learn webinar, Dec. 16, 12:00 PM.
“Agriculture, Like the Rest of Society, Needs Greater Gender Equity,” commentary by Angie Carter and Gabrielle-Roesch McNally in CivilEats from 1/10/14
Iowa Public Radio’s “Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role” featuring Angie Carter, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, and Jenny Barker-Devine from 5/13/13
“Iowa View: Push officials to do more for clean water” by Andrea Basche, Angie Carter, Ashley Hand, and Gabrielle Roesch from the Des Moines Register 1/17/12
Angie Carter is a Sociology PhD candidate co-majoring in ISU’s Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA). Her sociological areas of interest include symbolic interaction, narrative construction, inequality, gender, social change, agrifood systems, and the environment. Her research has studied community natural resource programs, farmland ownership and conservation adoption, and social justice in agrifood systems. While at ISU, Carter has participated in both the Preparing Future Faculty program and the Emerging Leaders Academy.
Carter’s dissertation is a multi-method analysis of the social processes related to farmland owner legitimacy in conservation decision-making and their relationship to gendered agricultural narratives.
Carter developed an Environmental Protection Program Region 7 Wetland Development Grant which is funding a 3.5 year multi-method research project studying conservation adoption among women farmland owners in Iowa. Methods include in-depth interviews, a state-wide farmland owner survey, concept mapping, and landowner meetings and field days. As project director, Carter oversees data collection and analysis, supervises undergraduate research assistants, and collaborates with an interdisciplinary team of investigators and non-profit partners.
Carter has taught Environmental Sociology at Iowa State University, and numerous courses at other institutions. She was nominated for a first-year teaching award at the University of Arizona and received a student-nominated award for her teaching at Park University in Austin, TX.
At ISU, Carter was part of a team of students who created, led, and evaluated a multiple-year series of social justice modules for the GPSA’s foundation courses and successfully integrated social justice within the core curriculum of the sustainable agriculture program.
Carter’s public sociology related to her research in water quality, farmland ownership, and agricultural policy has led to research partnerships with community organizations including the Women, Food and Agriculture Network and the Raccoon River Watershed Association.
Additional research interests include the construction of masculinity in agriculture, the integration of justice within the sustainable agricultural paradigm, feminist pedagogical approaches, the symbolic uses of “human nature” and its connection to social inequality, the control and revision of cultural narratives, gendered organizations and institutional change, the privatization of the public university and the changing place of public science, and environmental justice social movements.
Upon graduation in May 2015, Carter plans to continue to integrate theory and practice through her research and teaching as a professor.