- Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, 2009–present
- Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 1984–2009
- Associate Editor (microeconomics), World Development, 2003–present
- Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article Award (with Pedro Olinto), AAEA, 2003
- Director, BASIS and AMA Collaborative Research Support Programs, 2001–present
- Board of Directors, Oxfam America, 2001–2009
- Steering Committee, World Bank, Land Policy Research Review, 2001–2003
- Land Policy Project Scientific Advisory Committee, Institut de Reserche pour la Développement, 2000–present
- Associate Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1998–2002
- Visiting Professor, School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 1998
- Global Research Program Leader, BASIS Research Consortium, 1996–1998
- Outstanding Contribution to the Graduate Program Award, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1996
- Director of Graduate Programs, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 1995–1997, 2006–2008
- Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1994 and 1999
- Co-Director, Global Studies Research Program, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1993–1996
- Visiting Professor, CIEPLAN, Santiago, Chile, 1991
- Instructor and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Georgetown University, 1982–1984
- PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1982
- MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1979
- BSFS (magna cum laude), Georgetown University, 1977.
Over the past 25 years, Michael Carter has been a constant fixture in the University of Wisconsin at Madison community through teaching, serving as major advisor on more than 35 doctoral dissertations, and his participation on several executive committees throughout a variety of interdisciplinary departments. Since 2001, he has served as the director of BASIS Assets and Market Access Collaborative Research Support Program.
Carter has continued to focus on his research, which falls into three primary areas: wealth-biased access to capital; land policy and poverty reduction in agrarian economies; and poverty traps and income distribution dynamics. He has conducted more than twenty household surveys around the world. Carter’s research has been published in leading development economics journals and policy conferences and has been quoted by international policymakers and major donor organizations such as the World Bank and the United States Agency of International Development. He has published more than 50 journal articles, co-authored 3 books, and written more than 25 book chapters.
Cater has also served as editor for Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics and has refereed articles for many other publications.
Carter recently began a position at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.