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David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., named a Guggenheim Fellow

David Carey, Jr., Ph.D.

David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., the Doehler Chair in History, has been named a Guggenheim Fellow by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The fellowships are given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Carey was chosen for his research, Pandemic Politics in Guatemala and Ecuador: 1900-1950: Race, Healing, and Public Health, which focuses on the way scientific methods in medicine were combined with traditional healing methods of the indigenous peoples in Guatemala and Ecuador. Carey has been working on this research for many years and says the award is an endorsement of what he’s done and what’s to come.

“Dr. Carey’s Guggenheim Fellowship is just recognition of the immense creativity and innovation he brings to the study of history.  His project compares public health initiatives and responses to disease in Guatemala and Ecuador in the early twentieth century as a way of providing deep insight into how race interacts with the politics of public health,” said Steve Fowl, Ph.D., dean of Loyola College of Arts and Sciences. “Winning a Guggenheim is an extraordinary achievement and highlights the significance of his research.”

Carey, who became Doehler Chair in 2014, received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. He is the co-recipient of the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Book Award for his book, I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944. His other books include Engendering Mayan History: Kagchikel Women as Agents and Conduits of the Past, 1875-1970 and Our Elders Teach Us: Maya-Kagchikel Historical Perspectives.

“I am humbled and honored by the Guggenheim Foundation’s award. Being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship inspires me to continue my passion for advancing social justice through scholarship. This achievement is also firmly rooted in Loyola’s commitment to faculty scholarship and its efforts to improve the lives of marginalized people in Baltimore and beyond,” Carey said.

Since its establishment in 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted more than $360 million in Fellowships to more than 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, National Book Award, and other significant, internationally recognized honors.

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