Carter, Sue

C. Sue Carter, Ph.D.
Executive director

Dr. Sue Carter is Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University. A career biologist, Carter has studied the endocrinology of love and social bonds for more than three decades. She was the first person to detect and define the physiology of monogamy through her research on the prairie vole. These findings helped lay the foundation for the studies of behavioral and developmental effects of oxytocin and vasopressin in humans.

Carter joined the Kinsey Institute as executive director in the fall of 2014, making her just the seventh in the institute’s history. In this role, Carter has expanded the Kinsey Institute’s mission to include an emphasis on the science of love, nurture, and well-being across the lifespan.