Elizabeth Carter

Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824
Elizabeth Carter

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 Gunzburg Center for European Studies during the spring of 2017.


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Political Science
  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • POLT 549: The Politics of Markets
  • POLT 550: Comparative Government&Society
  • POLT 552: Contemporary European Politics
  • POLT 602B: Washington Center Internship
  • POLT 748/848: Food and Wine Politics
  • POLT 900: Pro-Seminar

Selected Publications

Carter, E. (2020). Desperately seeking happy chickens: producer dynamics and consumer politics in quality agricultural supply chains. International Journal of Social Economics, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print). doi:10.1108/ijse-01-2020-0001

Carter, E. (2019). From Myths to Markets. European Journal of Sociology, 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 (pp. 169-187). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-71377-9_9

Carter, E. A. (2017). In vino veritas? The development of producer trust and its market effects in
regulated French and Italian quality wine markets. In F. six, & V. Verhoest (Eds.), Trust in Regulatory Regimes. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Most Cited Publications