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About Eric D. Carter

Eric Carter is a medical geographer, with connected interests in people-environment geography, historical geography, and history of public health, with a regional focus on Latin America.
During 2015-2016, Eric was 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.


Present Edens Associate Professor of Geography and Global Health, Macalester College

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Fulbright US Scholar in Argentina
  • 2016 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow


  • Medical Geography
  • Geography of Environmental Hazards
  • Regional Geography of Latin America
  • Advanced GIS for Health
  • Seminar in Medical Geography

Contact Information

Geography Department
Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105 USA


Books (1)

Recent Works (3)

Articles (10)