Bio


Gregg Lee Carter is Professor of Sociology in the Department of History & Social Sciences at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He earned his B.A. in history and psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and after a year of graduate study in the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis, his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology at Columbia University.

Including multiple editions and edited anthologies, he has authored 26 books (http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n86822047/): Analyzing Contemporary Social Issues (Allyn & Bacon, 1996, Second Edition, 2001), Empirical Approaches to Sociology (Macmillan, 1994; Allyn & Bacon, Second Edition, 1998; Third Edition, 2001; Fourth Edition, 2004; and Fifth Edition, 2010), Doing Sociology with Student Chip: Data Happy! (Allyn & Bacon, 1995; Second Edition, 1998; Third Edition, 2001; Fourth Edition, 2004; Fifth Edition, 2010; Sixth Edition, 2019; Seventh Edition, 2020), Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 2006; Second Edition, 2017), Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law (ABC-CLIO, 2002; Revised Edition, 2012), How to Manage Conflict in the Organization (American Management Association, 1994; Revised Edition, 2005), Learning Research Methods with SPSS (Harcourt Brace, 2001), Perspectives on Current Social Problems (Allyn & Bacon, 1997), Population and Society (Polity, 2016), The Gun Control Movement (Twayne Publishers, 1997), and Working Women in America: Split Dreams (with Sharlene Hesse-Biber [Oxford University Press, 2000; Second Edition, 2005]). His writings on contemporary social issues have also appeared in more than a dozen academic journals; among them are Focus on Law Studies, the Forum for Applied Research & Public Policy, the Journal of Conflict ResolutionResearch in Urban EconomicsSociological FocusSociological ForumSociology InquirySociological PerspectivesSociological Viewpoints, and The Sociological Quarterly. His current scholarly research focuses on "contact theory," and how its insights are potentially useful in helping humanity to peacefully adjust to its recent social condition of extensive social heterogeneity from its much longer history of extensive homogeneity.

He is the recipient of the Bryant University "Distinguished Research & Publication Award," "Excellence in Teaching Award," and "Distinguished Faculty Member Award"; the New England Sociological Association's "Sociologist of the Year Award"; and the American Sociological Association's "Outstanding Contributions to Instruction Award" (Section on Communications, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology). He is former President of the New England Sociological Association and has been an associate editor of Teaching Sociology. He is currently on the advisory board of the ABC-CLIO's teaching and research forum Issues: Understanding Controversy & Society.

His long-time passion is scuba diving. He especially likes the travel, photography, spearfishing, and adventure that are associated with this sport. He has his Master Scuba Diver certification and averages about 45 dives per year. To view some of his scuba photos, click here: (Scuba_Photos); or, to view his "scuba bio," click here (Scuba_Bio). He also enjoys mountain trail hiking with his family; to see selected photos of the Northeastern mountains they have hiked, click here (Hiking Photos).

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