Crossing Borders: Researching Women and
the Drug Trade in North America
Elaine Carey, St.
John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
In 2004, Elaine Carey began a new project with a simple question:
If women dominate the informal (secondary) labor market, why are
they missing from most historical studies on drug peddling and
trafficking? By proposing to investigate gendered drug
trafficking, Carey uncovered countless women who operated at
transnational levels throughout the Americas beginning with the
passage of the 1914 Harrison Narcotics Act in the United States
that marked the inception of the modern drug war. In this
presentation, she will discuss her methodology.
Wednesday, March 16
1:30 to 3
Library room 110 in the back of the University
Learning Commons, Queens Campus
To register: Contact the CTL at
or at ext. 1859.