Dr. Jennifer Riggan
Associate Professor of International Studies (CV)
Department of Historical
and Political Studies
Jennifer Riggan began teaching at Arcadia in 2007. She holds a Ph.D. from the Education, Culture and Society program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received training in political and educational anthropology and African Studies. She earned a B.A. in English from Trinity College in 1992 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1995 to 1997 in Eritrea.
Dr. Riggan's ethnographic research addresses a variety of issues including nationalism, citizenship, state formation, militarism, development, and education in Africa and elsewhere. She has published on the changing relationship between citizenship and nationalism and on the de-coupling of the nation and the state. Her previous ethnographic research, which examined teachers, militarization and nationalism in Eritrea, was funded by a Fulbright research fellowship, a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship and a Spencer/National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is currently developing a project on youth, democratization and peace in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Riggan teaches a broad range of International Studies-focused courses including Global Poverty and Inequality, The Social Life of War, and the Cultural History of Modern Africa. In addition, she has travelled with students on Global Field Study courses to Tanzania, Spain, Costa Rica and Sierra Leone. Students who participated in her recent course “Beyond Conflict in Sierra Leone” were hosted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs in Sierra Leone and participated in an assessment of services for disabled youth in the country.
- 2014. “Prison State, Pariah and Proxy War: Human Rights Narratives and the Sovereignty Backlash in Eritrea.” African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review. In Press.
- 2013. “Imagining Emigration: Debating National Duty in Eritrean Classrooms.” Africa Today. 60(2).
- 2013. “ ‘It Seemed Like a Punishment’: Teacher Transfers, Hollow Nationalism and the Intimate State in Eritrea” American Ethnologist. 40(4) 749-763.
- 2011. “In Between Nations: Ethiopian-Born Eritreans, Liminality and War”. Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 34(1)131-154.
- 2011. “Meta-travel: A critical inquiry into a China study tour” Riggan, Gwak, Olitsky, Lesnick & Jackson. Frontiers: The Journal of Study Abroad. 21: 236-253.
- 2009. “Avoiding Wastage by Making Soldiers: Technologies of the State and the Imagination of the Educated Nation” In Biopolitics, Militarism, and the Developmental State: Eritrea in the 21st Century, Editors: David O’Kane and Tricia Redeker Hepner, Berghahn Books, Dislocations Series.
Historical & Political Studies
Easton Hall, Room 231
Dr. Peter Siskind, Dept. Chair