Carlos E. Alemán

Carlos E. Alemán

Assistant Professor, Director, Latin American Studies Scholars Program
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Beeson Hall 109
Phone: 205-726-4318

 Carlos Alemán is an historian of modern Latin America, specializing in 20th-century Central America.  His research interests include migration, labor, and Latin American-U.S. relations. He teaches classes in Latin American History, World History, Immigration, Global Studies, and for the Core Texts Program.

Dr. Aleman serves as faculty advisor for the Latino Student Organization, as chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee, and as chair of the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA).

Dr. Alemán enjoys rooting for his hometown San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Golden State Warriors and spending time with his wife, Mercedes, a professor at the University of Alabama, and their daughter, Amelia.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University


  • Modern Latin America
  • International Relations
  • Migration
  • Violence



  • “In the Shadows of the Second Republic: Nicaraguans in Post-Civil War Costa Rica, 1948-1956,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 2015.
  • “A Violent Dictatorship: Somoza and the Nicaraguan Exile Movement, 1936-1948,” presented at the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association (LACS-SHA), Atlanta, GA November 2014.
  • “The Etowah Seven: The Anatomy of a Direct Action,” presented at the 5th Conference on Immigration to the U.S. South at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL October 2014.
  • “Honor and Violence: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica, 1934-1950,” presented at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association/Conference on Latin American History, New Orleans, LA January 2013.