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Elizabeth Carter

Local Affiliate; Visiting Scholar 2022-2023 & 2016-2017

Residency Dates: Spring 2023 | January 16, 2023 - May 31, 2023


Elizabeth Carter

Elizabeth Carter is assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. She was a post-doctoral scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) in 2017, and a senior Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Carlos III Madrid in the spring of 2020.

Carter’s current research explores the pandemic’s effect on music and the rise of streamed music, specifically through the Spotify platform. She will look at the role platform politics, copyright legacies, and contracts played in empowering consolidated labels and commercial interests to shape the rules of the streaming economy. During her time at CES, Carter will focus on two areas specifically: 1) The strategies used by Spanish musicians to obtain higher streaming payouts for their music compared to their peers in our European countries. 2) The political efforts in the United Kingdom to address the market imbalance.

Carter earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley and her MPA at University of Washington.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023 & Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Music politics


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Price Theory
Regulatory Politics
Supply Chain Organization
Value Construction in European Luxury Markets

Select Publications

Carter, Elizabeth. “For What It’s Worth: The Political Construction of Quality in French and Italian Wine Markets.” Socio-Economic Review 16, no. 3 (2017): 479–98.

Carter, Elizabeth. “Desperately Seeking Happy Chickens: Producer Dynamics and Consumer Politics in Quality Agricultural Supply Chains.” International Journal of Social Economics 48, no. 7 (2020): 933–46.

Carter, Elizabeth. “From Myths to Markets.” European Journal of Sociology 60, no. 2 (2019): 211–36.

Recent Presentation