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TaLisa J Carter


TaLisa J. Carter, Ph.D. is a native of Long Island, New York, dedicated to understanding the interactions of deviance, social organizations, and race. Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University in Washington, D.C., an Affiliated Scholar at Urban Institute, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute, and an Affiliate with the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! at George Mason University. Previously, she worked as a Deputy Corrections Officer in Savannah, GA where she supervised male and female residents with diverse classification statuses. Ongoing research examines theoretical explanations of accountability in the Criminal Justice System, the role of identity in criminal justice professions, and the impact of colorism on criminal justice outcomes. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in Deviant Behavior and Sociological Forum.

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


  • 2018-Present

    American University


    Department of Justice, Law, & Criminology

    •  JLC 790. International Race and Justice
    • JLC 710. Proseminar in Justice
    • JLC 205. Introduction to Criminology
    • SPA 685 Critical Race Theory in the Workplace
    • JLC 245. Cities and Crime.
    • JLC 638. Race and Justice in America. Graduate Level. Green Teaching Certified.

  • 2017-2018

    University of Delaware


    Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

    • CRJU/SOCI 304. Criminology. Spring & Summer Session I
    • Race/Ethnicity: Theories & Applications.

  • 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