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Angie Carter
Angie Carter

Home State/Country:  Iowa

Degree Sought:  PhD

Home Department:  Sociology

Major Professor(s):  David Schweingruber (Sociology) and Rebecca Christoffel (GPSA)

315 East Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

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.

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. More information about the project can be found here.

Carter has taught Environmental Sociology at Iowa State University. While 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.

Upon graduation in May 2015, Carter plans to continue to integrate theory and practice through her research and teaching as a professor.