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Carter Rees, Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology



My hometown is Fort Pierre, South Dakota, which is a small farming/ranching community on the banks of the Missouri River. I was one of the “city” kids in my class (i.e. not raised next to a cow on a farm). My graduating high school class consisted of 47 kids and I would still recognize every one of them today.

I am happily married to my wife Nicole and we have three little girls Ruby, Lila, Frances and one boy named Ivan. Lastly, I love to fly fish and miss getting out on the North Platte River in southern Wyoming but thankfully live a mere 3 miles from the Provo River.


  • Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York, 2011
  • Master of Arts, University of Wyoming, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Dakota Wesleyan University, 1998

Research Interests

My educational background is a bit eclectic. I have degrees in History, Political Science, and Criminal Justice along with a graduate certificate in Statistics. A common theme running through my undergraduate and master’s program was the Civil Rights Movement and constitutional law in the United States. However, during my doctoral studies juvenile delinquency, peer influence, and social networks captivated me. To date my research focuses on understanding the impact of various peer definitions on delinquent outcomes during adolescence.Lastly, My research agenda also includes accounting for personal agency in the social influence process along with in-group behavioral variation.


  • Disability Resource Center Outstanding Achievement Award, University at Albany, SUNY, 2010
  • Eliot H. Lumbard Award for Academic Excellence, University at Albany, SUNY, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology

Publication Info

  • Gregory Zimmerman, Carter Ivan Rees, Chad Posick, Lori Zimmerman (2016). The Power of (Mis)Perception: Rethinking Suicide Contagion in Youth Friendship Networks. Social Science & Medicine.
  • Callie Burt, Carter Ivan Rees (2015). Behavioral heterogeneity in adolescent social networks. Justice Quarterly.
  • Gregory Zimmerman, Carter Ivan Rees (2014). Do school disciplinary policies have positive social impacts? Examining the attenuating effects of school policies on the relationship between personal and peer delinquency. Journal of Criminal Justice.
  • Carter Ivan Rees, Jacob Young (2014). Parents and peers as institutions of socialization in childhood and adolescence: Implications for delinquent behavior. The Nurture vs. Biosocial Debate in Criminology.
  • Gregory Zimmerman, Carter Ivan Rees (2014). Peer networks and delinquency. Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology.
  • Carter Ivan Rees, Gregory Zimmerman (2014). The first delinquent peers are the most important: Examining nonlinearity in the peer effect. Justice Quarterly.
  • Carter Ivan Rees, Danielle Wallace (2014). The myth of conformity: Adolescents and abstention from unhealthy drinking behaviors. Social Science & Medicine.
  • Carter Ivan Rees, Adrienne Freng, Latham Winfree (2014). The Native American adolescent: Social network structure and perceptions of alcohol induced social problems. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Gregory Zimmerman, Steven Messner, Carter Ivan Rees (2014). Incorporating unstructured socializing into the study of secondary exposure to community violence: Etiological and empirical considerations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Jacob Young, Carter Ivan Rees (2013). Social networks and delinquency in adolescence: Implications for life-course criminology. Handbook of Life-course Criminology.