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Elaine Carey

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Oakland University

Elaine Carey is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University.  She is also a historian of Mexico, crime, social movements, and gender. Formerly, she was professor and chair of the History Department at St. John’s University and the Dean of the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences at Purdue University Northwest.

She is the author of over seventy articles, both scholarly and popular, and the books Plaza of Sacrifices: Gender, Power, and Terror in 1968 Mexico (2005) and the award-winning Women Drug Traffickers: Mules, Bosses, and Organized Crime (2014).  She also co-edited Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Transnational Flows of Contraband and Vice in North America (2011) and the textbook Protests in the Streets: 1968 Across the Globe (2016).  She has held appointments and research affiliations with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico), El Colegio de México, and Universidad Iberoamericana (Iberoamericana University). From 2013-2016, Elaine served as the Vice President for the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association (AHA).  Over her career, she has been a contributor to many areas of importance in higher education such as collaborative leadership to develop and advance strategic plans; community relations and outreach; faculty and staff recruitment, retention, and mentoring; grant and resource generation; student recruitment and engagement; and curriculum development and assessment.

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