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Eric D. Carter

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Professor of Geography and Global Health, Macalester College

Eric D. Carter is the Edens Professor of Geography and Global Health at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he has taught since 2012. He received a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley (1994), and a Master's (1999) and PhD (2005) in Geography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before joining the Macalester faculty, Carter taught at Millersville University (Pennsylvania) and Grinnell College (Iowa). He was also a visiting faculty member at the National University of Tucumán (Argentina) in 2015.

Carter’s interdisciplinary research lies at the nexus between medical geography, political ecology, and the history of public health, with a regional focus on Latin America. Main areas of research interest include the political ecology of infectious and vector-borne diseases; environmental and social history of disease control; social medicine and public health in Latin America; and the biopolitics of public health interventions.

His first book, Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina (2012), received the Elinor Melville Prize for best book in Latin American Environmental History from the Conference on Latin American History. His second book, In Pursuit of Health Equity: A History of Latin American Social Medicine (2023) is the result of seven years of research, mainly in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica, supported by fellowships from the US Fulbright Scholar Program and the American Council of Learned Societies.


  • 2021–2023
    Full Professor, Macalester College
  • 2015–2021
    Associate Professor , Macalester College
  • 2012–2015
    Assistant Professor, Macalester College
  • 2015–2015
    Visiting Professor, National University of Tucuman, Argentina
  • 2007–2012
    Assistant Professor, Grinnell College
  • 2005–2007
    Assistant Professor, Millersville University