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TaLisa J Carter


TaLisa J. Carter is a native of Long Island, New York, dedicated to understanding the interactions of deviance, social organizations and race. After earning her B.A. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Carter worked as a Deputy Corrections Officer in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Carter earned her M.A. (2015) and Ph.D. (2018) both in Criminology at the University of Delaware. Currently, Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor at American University in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. TaLisa has also received funding from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Carter's research has been presented to practitioners and academicians at conferences such as the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Sociological Association.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2015-2018

    University of Delaware

    Ph.D. Criminology

    Dissertation: Blinded Bars: Race & Social Control among Corrections Employees Committee: Drs. Karen F. Parker (chair), Aaron Kupchik, Christy Visher, & Jeffrey A. Fagan (Columbia Law School)

  • 2013-2015

    University of Delaware

    M.A. Criminology

    Thesis: InFormal Control: Collective Efficacy among Correctional Employees Advisor: Dr. Karen F. Parker

  • 2006-2010

    University of Pennsylvania

    B.A. Criminology


  • 2012 - 2013

    Chatham County Sheriff's Office, Savannah , GA

    Deputy Corrections Officer

    • Performed law enforcement and public safety work in the custody and security of jail inmates (both male and female).
    • Handled a diverse array of emotional, physical and mental issues inmates faced.
    • Acknowledged for exceptional work performance, enthusiasm and willingness to work both alone and contribute to the team environment.

Honors & Awards

  • Frank Scarpitti Graduate Student Award, 2017

    Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice award recognizing an outstanding graduate student with a demonstrated record of excellence in terms of progress toward degree, scholarly activity, professional development, and departmental and university citizenship.

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2015-Present

    The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2015; funds scholar for 3 years term.

  • University Graduate Scholar Award, 2015

    University of Delaware graduate student fellowship.

  • Graduate Student of Distinction, 2015

    University of Delaware award recognizing historically underrepresented graduate students with GPAs 3.75 or higher

  • Mary Snow Scholarship, 2015

    Private scholarship awarded to excelling students for books and other education expenses.


TaLisa J. Carter, Ph.D.

American University
Department of Justice, Law & Criminology
Kerwin Hall
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW #270
Washington, DC 20016