Elizabeth Carter

Elizabeth Carter

Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-4239
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824

Betsy Carter is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Carter joined the UNH faculty in 2015, after two years as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and one year as a lecturer in comparative politics at the University of California Irvine. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California Berkeley and her M.P.A. from the University of Washington. Carter teaches courses related to European politics, political economy, and food politics. Her research combines politics with sociology, economics and history to explore the dynamics between politics, producer organization, the construction of taste, and market prices in high-value added sectors. Her current research investigates the political construction of taste and value in the fashion, food, and music sectors, building on Carter’s past research on wine markets. Carter was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies during the spring of 2017, and she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Carlos III Madrid during the spring of 2020.

Courses Taught

  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • POLT 549: The Politics of Markets
  • POLT 550: Comparative Government&Society
  • POLT 552: Contemporary European Politics
  • POLT 748/848: Food and Wine Politics
  • POLT 900: Pro-Seminar


  • Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • M.A., University of California - Berkeley
  • M.P.A., University of Washington
  • B.A., Whitman College

Research Interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Economic sociology
  • European politics
  • Food
  • France
  • Italy
  • Political economy
  • Wine

Selected Publications

  • Carter, E. (2024). Poverty among riches: understanding the contracted economy for recorded music and its impact on market actors. Journal of Cultural Economy, 17(3), 345-359. doi:10.1080/17530350.2024.2302152

  • Bhattacharya, T., Feng, R., Maupin, C. R., Coats, S., Brennan, P. R., & Carter, E. (2023). California margin temperatures modulate regional circulation and extreme summer precipitation in the desert Southwest. Environmental Research Letters, 18(10), 104048. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/acfd43

  • Carter, E. (n.d.). Cultivating the Symbolic Capital of Singularity: The Vineyard, From Space to Place. Space and Culture, 120633122311592. doi:10.1177/12063312231159200

  • Carter, E. (n.d.). Of fields and of factories: the political construction of comparative advantage in French wine and German core manufacturing. Review of Social Economy, 1-23. doi:10.1080/00346764.2022.2129086

  • AZPURU, D., CARTER, E., & MALONE, M. F. (2022). Public Opinion on the Role of Government and Market in Latin America. AMERICA LATINA HOY-REVISTA DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES, 90, 41-58. doi:10.14201/alh.26127

  • Carter, E. (2021). Desperately seeking happy chickens: producer dynamics and consumer politics in quality agricultural supply chains. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ECONOMICS, 48(7), 933-946. doi:10.1108/IJSE-01-2020-0001

  • Carter, E. (2019). From Myths to Markets Power, Institutions, and the Reification of Imagined Histories. ARCHIVES EUROPEENNES DE SOCIOLOGIE, 60(2), 211-236. doi:10.1017/S0003975619000110

  • Carter, E. (2018). For what it's worth: the political construction of quality in French and Italian wine markets. SOCIO-ECONOMIC REVIEW, 16(3), 479-498. doi:10.1093/ser/mwx060

  • Carter, E. (2018). Sign o' the Times: Does Francis' Papacy Represent a New Era for Western Europe?. In POPE FRANCIS AS A GLOBAL ACTOR: WHERE POLITICS AND THEOLOGY MEET (pp. 169-187). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71377-9_9

  • Carter, E. (2018). Sign o' the Times: Does Francis' Papacy Represent a New Era for Western Europe? (pg 169, 2018). In POPE FRANCIS AS A GLOBAL ACTOR: WHERE POLITICS AND THEOLOGY MEET (pp. E1). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71377-9_14

  • Most Cited Publications