Carter Merklinghaus



Carter Merklinghaus (formerly Anderson) is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Sociology at WWU. She completed her doctorate in sociology at the University of Washington in 2018, where she also received her MA in Sociology in 2015. She completed her BA in Sociology-Social Students from WWU in 2014. Carter currently teachings The Self, Emotions, and Society at WWU, and Social Problems at Boise State University (online only). Carter is interested in military service and life course outcomes with a focus on gender and substance abuse. She focuses primarily on social-psychological theories and approaches in order to study the effects of military service on the lives of servicemembers, which is the subject of her current dissertation research.Carter is a local native of Washington State and Bellingham (Go Sehome Mariners!). She enjoys spending her time soaking in as much sun as possible, playing music, and going for walks at Whatcom Falls Park with her husband, Lucas, and new baby, Cash! Carter is excited to be back at WWU in the Sociology Department! 

Research Interests

  • Military Service, Gender, Substance Use/Abuse, Social Psychology, Demography