Eric Carter is a medical geographer, with connected interests in people-environment
geography and historical geography, and a regional focus on Latin America. 

During 2015-2016, Eric will be on a post-sabbatical leave doing research and teaching in
Argentina, and research in Chile and Costa Rica, through grants from Fulbright US Scholar
Program and the American Council of Learned Societies. His next book project is a
transnational history of social medicine in Latin America. 

His research in global health is steeped in the intellectual tradition and analytical
approaches of people-environment geography. He takes a political ecology approach to
health and disease, viewing health problems—particularly infectious and vector-borne
diseases—as an important yet often overlooked instance of the relationship between people
and their environment. The uneven geography of global health—just like the uneven
geography of hunger or of environmental quality—is structured by political-economic
conditions and complicated by proximate, local-scale processes. To understand the root
causes of persistent public health problems it is important to analyze ecological change,
social conditions, development policy, and belief systems, cultural values, and ideology.
Thus his geographical research takes an interdisciplinary approach, bridging the realms
of international development, global health, and environmental studies. 

EDUCATION: B.A. University of California, Berkeley; M.S. University of Wisconsin,
Madison; PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Carter began teaching at Macalester in Fall 2012. 



Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina (2012)

Winner of the 2013 Elinor Melville Prize for the best book on Latin American environmental...




Making the Blue Zones: Neoliberalism and nudges in public health promotion, Social Science & Medicine (2015)

This paper evaluates the ideological and political origins of a place-based and commercial health promotion...



Environmental Justice 2.0: new Latino environmentalism in Los Angeles, Local Environment (2014)

This paper presents the results of ethnographic research conducted with several environmental justice (EJ) organisations...



Malaria control in the Tennessee Valley Authority: health, ecology, and metanarratives of development, Journal of Historical Geography (2014)

Starting in the 1930s, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) created a globally influential model of...



Migration, Acculturation, and Environmental Values: The Case of Mexican Immigrants in Central Iowa." (with B. Silva and G. Guzman), Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2013)

Human–environment geography and geographic research on migration have largely been treated as separate scholarly spheres....



Where's Che? Politics, Pop Culture, and Public Memory in Rosario, Argentina, FOCUS on Geography (2012)

Che Guevara‘s revolutionary image fades with changes in politics and popular culture, allowing for public...