Eric Carter is a medical geographer, with connected interests in people-environment geography and historical geography, and a regional focus on 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. While continuing research in the area of global health, Eric has launched another project more recently to understand environmental values, attitudes, and politics among Latino immigrants in the United States. He has also published research on a variety of other geographical topics, including borders and political identity in Misiones province, Argentina; the commemoration of the socialist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Rosario, Argentina; and the perceptions and concerns of "stand-alone" geographers in North American colleges and universities. 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.
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 (2012)
Where's Che? Politics, Pop Culture, and Public Memory in Rosario, Argentina, FOCUS on Geography (2012)
Drainage on the Grand Prairie: The Birth of a Hydraulic Society on the Midwestern Frontier (with S. Imlay), Journal of Historical Geography (2012)
Stand-Alone Geographers in the North American Academy: A Survey of Perceptions and Concerns (with J. Housel), The Professional Geographer (2012)
online version available, DOI:10.1080/00330124.2012.660423