Dr. Jon H. Carter



Ph.D. 2012 Columbia University (with distinction)
M.A. 2003 Columbia University
B.A. 1998 Appalachian State University

Areas of Research:

Politics and affect, sovereignty and law, psychoanalysis and history, borders and immigration, incarceration and surveillance, ethnographic methods, media theory, and fictocriticism; Honduras, Latin America, and the Philippines. 


Dr. Carter is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in criminality, aesthetics, and politics. His research focuses on gang communities in northern Central America, and their reinvention of political subjectivity through the deconstruction of everyday notions of law, beauty, and violence. This work is the foundation for broader inquiries into the shifting moral and political embodiments that accompany the economic, environmental, and political crises of late liberalism in northern Central America and at the US/Mexico border. Currently, he is finalizing a book manuscript titled Gothic Sovereignty: Gangs and the Criminal Baroque in Honduras which examines the formation of gangs in Honduras in the aftermath of the contra war, the figure of the devil in gang tattooing, and the aesthetics of crime and policing in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. He is also writing a second book on ethnographic methods, written as a handbook for both teachers and students engaged in field-based research. Dr. Carter’s work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Columbia University, Appalachian State University, and the Claassen Research Enhancement Award in the Appstate Department of Anthropology.

Website: www.jonhornecarter.com 
Publications: https://appstate.academia.edu/jonhornecarter


(n.d.)       “Criminal Power and Impunity in Honduras” in Violence in Las Americas, ed. Victoria Sanford. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. (forthcoming)

(n.d. )     “Sonic Agitation.” In Punk en Las Americas, eds. Shane Greene, Olga Rodríguez, and Rodrigo Quijano. London: Intellect Books. (forthcoming)

(n.d. )      “States of Emergency: Gangs, Walter Benjamin, and the Challenge to Modern Sovereignty.” In Routledge Handbook of Critical Gang Studies, eds. David Brotherton and Rafa Gude. New York: Routledge Press. (forthcoming)

(n.d.)      “The Fire Next Time: Gangs and the Apocalyptic Image in Honduras.” In Carceral Community: Troubling Prison Worlds in 21st Century Latin America, eds. Andrés Antillano, Sacha Darke, Luís Dunno Gottberg, and Chris Garces. London: Palgrave Press. (forthcoming)

(2020)     "Fugitive Horizons and the Arts of Security in Honduras.” In Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Urban Imaginary, eds. Daniel Goldstein, Asher Ghertner, and Hudson McFann, 114-133. Durham: Duke University Press. 

(2019)     “Introduction to Monstrosity” co-authored with Christina Sornito. Journal of Historical Sociology 32, no. 1: 3-6.

(2019)     "Carceral Kinship: Future Families of the Late Leviathan," in Special Issue of Journal of Historical Sociology, "Modern Monsters: Studies at the Perimeters of Humanity," eds. Jon H. Carter and Christina Verano Carter, 32(1):26-37.

(2019)     "Revolution Betrayed." Hot Spots. Fieldsights, January 23. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1638-revolution-betrayed

(2018)     "Ex-Situ: (Un)Making Space Out of Place," in Capacious Journal, eds. Yoke-Sum Wong and Craig Campbell, exhibition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, August 21.

(2017)     "Neoliberal Penology and Criminal Finance in Honduras." Prison Service Journal, Volume 229.

(2017)     "Mass Incarceration, Co-Governance, and Prison Reform in Honduras," in North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)Volume 49, Issue 3.

(2016)     "A Community Far Afield: Black Mountain College and the Southern Estrangement of the Avant-Garde," in The Bohemian South, eds. Lindsay Freeman and Shawn Bingham. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

(2015)     Review of God's Gangs in Central America, by Edward Orozco. PoLAR (Political and Legal Anthropology Review).

(2014)     "Gothic Sovereignty: Gangs and Criminal Community in a Honduran Prison." South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 113(3).

(2014)     Invited Review of Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America, by Robert Brenneman. American Anthropologist, Vol. 116(1).

(2012)     "Tears of the Damned: On the Prison Fire in Comayagua, Honduras." Anthropology News (March 24 online edition), "Media Notes."

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Anthropology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6380

Fax: (828) 262-2982

Office address
346 Anne Belk Hall