J.A. Carter

J.A. Carter

Visiting Assistant Professor

571 Mosler Hall

  • Faculty Advisor: MUH Pride
  • Faculty Advisor of the Year 2016-2017
  • Student Organization of the Year 2016-2017


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • M.A., Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • M.A., Media Communications, School of Communications, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • B.I.S, Documentary Photojournalism, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Recent Courses Taught

  • SOC151: Social Relations
  • SOC153: Sociology in a Global Context (online and face-to-face)
  • SOC203: Sociology of Gender
  • SOC221: Sexualities
  • SOC258: Self & Society

Research Interests

Broadly defined, my research interests include gender, sexuality, the body, sports, and health. My research uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. My recent research examines the gendered experiences of women playing full-contact, tackle football. As a part of this research, I spent two years completing participant observation while playing for a women’s football team. Another recent research project, which was completed with an undergraduate student, considers ease of access to sexual health resources on regional college campuses in Ohio. Currently I am also studying the inclusion of curriculum on LGBT health needs in family medicine residencies.


Carter, J.A. 2017. “‘Dude, those are girls’: Boundary Maintenance in Women’s Full-Contact, Tackle Football.” Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles, edited by A. Milner and J.H. Braddock II, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Carter, J.A. 2016. Review of Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media. Sociology of Sport Journal 33(3). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2015-0103

Carter, J.A., Erynn Masi de Casanova, and David J. Maume. 2015. “Gendering Olympians: Olympic Media Guide Profiles of Men and Women Athletes.” Sociology of Sport Journal 32(3). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2013-0123

Carter, J.A. 2015. "Revealing the 'Absent Body': Embodied Participant Observation in Women's Tackle Football." ASA Section on Body and Embodiment Blog. Available: http://sectionbodyembodiment.weebly.com/blog/revealing-the-absent-body-embodied-participant-observation-in-womens-tackle-football

Carter, J.A. and Erynn Masi de Casanova. 2014. "Sports." The Social History of the American Family, vol. 19, edited by M. Coleman and L. Ganong. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Carter, J.A. 2014. “Scientific Motherhood.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S. Quah. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Carter, J.A. 2012 "Gender Observation Journal." Assignment published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)

Carter, J.A. 2012. “Course Guide for Sociology of Sports.” Course guide published on The Society Pages: Sociological Images. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/course-guide-for-sociology-of-sports/)

Professional Service

  • American Sociological Association Sex and Gender section, Website Coordinator
  • American Sociological Association Sex and Gender section, Social Media Committee member

Guest Reviewer

  • Sociology Compass
  • Sociological Focus
  • Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics