Fr. Carnes' research examines the dynamics of labor and social welfare policy, with particular interest in the ways societies protect their weakest and most vulnerable members: the old, the young, the ill or injured, and the unemployed. He has conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Peru, and Chile.
Enjoys exercise (swimming, biking); was an NCAA scholar athlete as a coxswain for the crew team during his sophomore year of college; has traveled and worked in 13 Latin American countries; has a weakness for artisanal gelato.
In 2011 Fr. Carnes received the Dorothy Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching, given by the student body to the faculty member who has had the strongest impact on students' university experience. In addition, he received the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence, given by the graduating seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also featured as one of the country's best professors by The Princeton Review in 2012.
Regularly celebrates Mass on weekends at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, MD; especially enjoys retreat ministry.