Lisa Carter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminology

I find few things more rewarding than being afforded the opportunity to generate thoughts in my students about complex issues and share my knowledge and experiences with those eager to learn. My goal is to illuminate a path that my students will be able to follow during their college career, and afterwards, when they enter the workforce.  Along this path I hope my students will encounter and collect the following attributes:  knowledge, enthusiasm, guidance, and critical thought.  

- Lisa Carter

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Lisa Carter

building is Ordway - room is 156
Phone 863.680.4307



I believe that knowledge gained through inquiry leads us to becoming open-minded individuals. The college experience should offer students the opportunity to become open to new ideas, experiences, and beliefs regarding their chosen field of study. Learning is an infinite process, and individuals should be allowed to continually grow intellectually. I believe a dedicated and passionate professor can allow students the desire to seek knowledge.

Dr. Carter was born and raised in Kentucky. During her childhood, her grandparents lived in Winter Haven where she visited each summer. She still has family in the area so she feels like she has returned to her second home.

Dr. Carter graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B. A. in Sociology. After graduation she spent several years teaching as a substitute teacher. She became interested in working with children who had learning disabilities and behavioral issues. This led to her interest in the Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies program at Eastern Kentucky University. During her time at EKU she worked as an intern for a nearby federal prison which sparked her interests in the area of corrections. She taught her first course, Introduction to Corrections, as a masters student and knew she had found her career path in teaching at the university level.

Dr. Carter earned her doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Criminology. During her coursework at IUP, she focused on social and environmental issues pertaining to women's criminality, incarceration experiences, and reintegration.


I enjoy yoga, cycling, cooking, and reading books.


  • Ph.D., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S., Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Kentucky

Honors and Awards

  • American Society of Criminology Division of Women and Crime Sarah Hall Service Award 2020
  • American Society of Criminology Division of Critical Criminology & Social Justice Teaching Award 2019


I have attended many conferences and presented with my students. Some recent presentations include:

  • Carter, L. M., Ali, M., & Slinin, A. (2021) Teaching and Learning perspectives from a death penalty course.  Roundtable at the Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • #Blackwell, L. & Carter, L. M.  (2019).  An application of Differential Association Theory in examining the serial murders of Dexter Morgan.  Poster presented at Southwestern Social Science Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Goodmon L., Carter, L. M., #Urs, M., & #Yoder, T.  (2019).  The impact of gender identity and judicial instructions of jurors’ perceptions and decisions in sexual assault trials.  Presented at the Southern Criminal Justice Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

*# indicates student presenter

Publications and Exhibitions

Carter, L. M., Marcum, C. D., & Blankenship, C. (Eds.). (2020).  Punishing gender past and present:  Examining the American criminal justice system across gendered experiences.  San Diego, CA:  Cognella Academic Publishing.

Carter, L. M.  (2019). “All they do is see the charge”:  Reentry barriers and correctional programming needs of women returning to society after incarceration.  Corrections:  Policy, Practice, and Research, 4(4), 272-301.

Carter, L. M. & Marcum, C. D. (Eds.). (2017). Female offenders and reentry: Pathways and barriers to returning to society. New York, NY:  Routledge.