Elizabeth Carter

Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-4239
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 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.


  • 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

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

Selected Publications

Carter, E. (n.d.). Cultivating the Symbolic Capital of Singularity: The Vineyard, From <i>Space</i> to <i>Place</i>. 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

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