John Linsley ’09 MAIR Uses Africa-Focused Studies To Launch Humanitarian Career

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For the past two years John was the safety coordinator at The School for Field Studies (SFS), an international field studies school for undergraduates. In this role, he visited SFS’ field campuses in Kenya, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to support safety, health, and risk management systems; provide crisis response and medical skills training to the field staff; and contribute to program development. In the coming year, John plans to pursue specific training in health care and become more involved with global health and humanitarian issues in the future. John earned his MAIR from the Maxwell School in 2009, and has a BA from St. Lawrence University, where he majored in government, studied abroad in Kenya, and developed a passion for African history and politics and the Swahili language. He has studied Swahili as a participant on the Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad in Tanzania.

At Maxwell he was president of the Africa Caucus, a graduate assistant in the Program on the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, and a participant on the DC-based Global Security & Development Program and African Development Seminar. John also spent a summer term in Ghana as an intern with the International Organization for Migration, developing and implementing educational programs for reintegrated trafficked children. He remarks that, “This field experience in Ghana would not have been possible without the support I received from the Maxwell alumni community.” After graduation, John was a volunteer in Kenya with International Medical Corps, where he contributed to community health and child protection programs.

His advice to current students in the MAIR program? “Take the time to get to know your classmates. Your time on campus in Syracuse is short. Before you know it you’ll be in the field and then on to graduation. The relationships you form within your cohort will travel with you long after you leave Maxwell and evolve into your future professional network.”

John can be reached at jlinsley@gmail.com.


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