Dr. Shannon Carter, Assistant Professor

Dr. Shannon Carter is another familiar face in the Sociology Department. She is starting a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department.

“I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed my B.A. in Sociology at the University of Michigan. I thought I would spend my whole life in Michigan until a particular February day during my junior year of college caused me to change my mind. The temperature was 20 degrees below zero with a wind chill factor of negative 40. I walked about 5 blocks to school. It was so miserably cold that I vowed only to apply to graduate schools in warm locations. I ultimately decided to attend the University of Florida, where I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology.”

“My teaching and research interests are sociological theory, gender and race inequality, sociology of education, and sexuality and reproduction. “

What projects are you working on right now?

“I am currently working on a project that focuses on the gendered nature of racist acts, or the ways white people “do gender” while “doing racism.” I have some other projects I am working on with students on race socialization, gender and economic inequality, and race and gender politics. My other work is on pregnancy and childbirth, which I am working to expand to include breastfeeding.”

What are you most looking forward to with your new position at UCF?

“One of the main changes in my position is that I can be an “inside” member on student committees, so I am looking forward to working more closely with students.”

What would you say is an innovative teaching technique you have used in the class-room?

“In my Sociology of Education class, I teach students about alternative educational approaches by allowing them to experience first grade from a couple different approaches. We spend a day where they pretend to be first graders, first in a Montessori classroom then in a Waldorf classroom.”