Sierra Leone GFS Course Examines Country’s Revitalization Post-Ebola

By Caitlin Burns | August 23, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Riggan, associate professor of Historical and Political Studies, led 10 students on a Global Field Study course to Sierra Leone from May 21 to June 1, to study how the country is revitalizing its socio-economic conditions post-ebola.

During the course, Beyond Ebola in Sierra Leone, three undergraduate students and seven graduate students observed how the ebola disease amplified issues of democratization, economic development, and state-making within West Africa. From this study, the class blogged about the experience of meeting survivors and examined how the country is moving forward post-ebola. Some of the topics that students wrote on included the ostracization of ebola survivors, the abandoned ebola treatment centers, and the defunding of post-ebola aid programs.