Elaine Carey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of History

History Professor Joins National Effort Strengthening Liberal Arts Education

More than four generations of successful St. John’s University graduates demonstrate the value of a liberal arts education in preparing students to become leaders in their fields.

So when Elaine Carey, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, History, was invited by the American Historical Association (AHA) this year to join its national effort to enhance undergraduate history programs, St. John’s offered its full support.

Dr. Carey is one of 60 professors the AHA selected to participate in its Nationwide Tuning Project, dedicated to ensuring that today’s students gain the knowledge and skills to thrive in a competitive job market. The three-year, faculty-driven project is funded by the Lumina Foundation, which supports higher education. 

In January 2013, Carey will assume an additional leadership role with AHA, beginning a three-year term as Vice President' of its Teaching Division. In that post, Carey will help guide a broad-based teaching mission ranging from providing resources for educators to helping new historians into the profession.  

"In this new role with AHA," said Carey, "I will have the opportunity to assist a new generation of budding historians to learn best practices in teaching and integrating research with pedagogy."

Since joining the History Department in 2002, Dr. Carey has earned wide recognition as a scholar and educator. She is the author of many publications including books, articles, translations, encyclopedia contributions, book reviews and professional conference presentations.

She also has helped create career and other opportunities for her students by expanding internships and Academic Service Learning opportunities. For example, after a research seminar with Dr. Carey, Raymond Pun ’07C landed an internship at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and today is one of its periodicals librarians.

An authority on Latin America, Mexico, crime and drugs, human rights and gender studies, Dr. Carey supports her department’s efforts to enhance its multidisciplinary approach to history. She also has worked closely with historical practitioners and is part of the Master of Arts Degree Program in Public History.

Dr. Carey is a recipient of a National History Center and Teagle Foundation grant; two Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellowships; two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships; a Beeke-Levy Research Fellowship; and a Lloyd George Sealy Research Fellowship. At St. John’s, she earned McNair Mentor of the Year and Faculty Recognition Awards. In addition to teaching and scholarship, she has contributed as a member of the Academic Planning and Ozanam Faculty Advising Committees.

Noting the support she and other faculty receive from the University, Dr. Carey thanked colleagues and administrators for their cooperation with the Nationwide Tuning Project. “It’s a tribute to St. John’s,” she said, “that we’ve been asked to participate in this visionary effort.”