Dr. Carter’s primary research and teaching agenda focuses on explanations of enduring social and cultural inequality among social groups.  Specifically, she focuses on academic and mobility differences attributable to racial, ethnic, class, and gender forces and consults with school districts and educators on various policy and practices pertaining to these issues.

Dr. Carter’s latest book, Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). Stubborn Roots asks what are features of schools that make students’ of color academic incorporation greater at some schools than at others?  The book answers this basic but bedeviling question through a rich comparative analysis of the organizational and group dynamics in eight schools located within four cities in the United States and South Africa-two nations rebounding from centuries of overt practices of racial and social inequality.

Dr. Carter has also recently co-edited a volume with Dr. Kevin Welner (UC-Boulder) entitled Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give All Children an Even Chance.  This volume brings together top American experts who offer short, research-based essays that paint a powerful and shocking picture of denied opportunities.

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