Valerie Carter, Ph.D.

Valerie Carter is a research associate, instructor and sociologist with the University of Maine’s Bureau of Labor Education, where she has worked since 1995. She currently teaches in the BLE’s Labor Studies program within the Division of Lifelong Learning, and also does research and writing on policy issues, focusing on labor market research, occupations, labor and the workplace, gender, and social inequality.


1986  Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Connecticut

1980  M.A. (Sociology), University of Connecticut

1975  B.A. (Psychology), University of Southern Maine

1969–1973  Undergraduate work at University of Minnesota (Journalism major)

Recent Work History:

1995–Present: Research Associate and Instructor, Bureau of Labor Education, Division of Lifelong Learning, University of Maine

2007–2010: Adjunct Sociology Instructor/Lecturer, UMA/University College of Bangor

1986–1995: Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Maine

Other interests and work:

  • Environmental issues and climate change
  • Universal Basic Income

In addition to occasional policy briefs and op-ed pieces, Valerie’s most recent publication was in the Maine Policy Review, “Maine’s Food-Related Workforce: Characteristics and Challenges” (Winter/Spring 2011).

When she is not working on her courses, traveling to NYC with her husband Mike Howard to visit their daughter, or updating a policy paper, Valerie also enjoys gardening and playing clarinet in the Bangor Band.