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David Carey

Doehler Chair in History, Professor of History
Dr. David Carey Jr.

Dr. David Carey Jr.Doehler Chair in History, Professor

Phone: 410-617-2893
Office: Humanities Center 310

Curriculum Vitae


In addition to writing some two dozen peer-reviewed articles and essays, Dr. Carey is the author of Oral History in Latin America: Unlocking the Spoken Archive (2017), I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (2013)—which was the co-recipient of the Latin American Studies Association’s 2015 Bryce Wood Book Award—Engendering Mayan History: Kaqchikel Women as Agents and Conduits of the Past, 1875–1970 (2006), Ojer taq tzijob’äl kichin ri Kaqchikela’ Winaqi’ (A History of the Kaqchikel People) (2004), and Our Elders Teach Us: Maya-Kaqchikel Historical Perspectives (2001). He also has edited three books: Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics (with Gema Santamaría), Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History (University Press of Florida, 2012) and Latino Voices in New England (with Robert Atkinson) (State University of New York Press, 2009). His teaching and research interests include immigration, gender, ethnicity, indigenous peoples, environmental change, medicine and health, crime and punishment, and oral history. Among other entities, Fulbright, American Philosophical Association, and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation have supported his research and scholarship. In an effort to give back to the communities that have so generously welcomed and collaborated with him, Dr. Carey continues to serve as an expert witness for Guatemalans asylum seekers. 

Courses Taught

  • HS 108D The Making of the Modern World: Latin America
  • HS 390D Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • HS 395 Violence and Holiness in Twentieth-Century El Salvador
  • HS 442 Health and Illness in Latin America
  • HS 490 Environmental History in Latin America


I Ask for Justice

Oral History In 
Latin America

 Violence and Crime
in Latin America

 I Ask for Justice
 Engendering Mayan History  Our Elders Teach Us  Distilling the Influence of Alcohol
 Engendering Mayan
 Our Elders
Teach Us
 Distilling the
Influence of
 Latino Voices in New England  Ojer taq tzijob’äl kichin ri Kaqchikela’ Winaqi’  

 Latino Voices in
New England

Ojer taq tzijob’äl kichin ri 
 Kaqchikela’ Winaqi’ 
(A History of the 
 Kaqchikel People) 

Areas of Specialization

  • Latin American History, Pre-colonial to the Present
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Gender
  • Oral History


  • Dr. Carey was presented the Nachbahr award from the Center for the Humanities.  The Nachbahr Award is awarded each year to an individual with outstanding achievement in scholarship or creative work. 
  • Dr. Carey was interviewed by Loyola Magazine on "How to collect and record oral histories". 
  • David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., named a Guggenheim Fellow. For more information on this Fellow, please see this article.
  • Dr. Carey's Recently Cowrote a new book Violence and Crime in Latin America.
  • Another new book was published, Oral History in Latin America
  • NECLAS PRIZE CITATIONS 2015 - Winner:  David Carey Jr., “Drunks and Dictators: Inebriation’s Gendered, Ethnic ad Class Components in Guatemala, 1898-1944.” In Alcohol in Latin America: A Social and Cultural History. Eds. Gretchen Pierce and Áurea Toxqui. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2014. 131-157.
  • Click here to read the recent Loyola Today article written by Jenna Anne Chan, '15 about David Carey, Jr. entitled "Uncovering Hidden Voices of the Past."
  • Congratulations to Professor David Carey Jr., who is the co-recipient of the Latin American Studies Association’s 2015 Bryce Wood Book Award for his book I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013)! LASA is the most important professional organization for scholars of Latin America in the United States. The book award is given each year to an outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities that was published in English in the United States.