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Men, Masculinities, and Fatherhood


This study, led by Kristen McLean, examines masculinity, fatherhood, and family wellbeing in post-conflict, Ebola-affected Sierra Leone. While existing studies of African men tend to be deficits-focused—recognizing men for the damages they impart via their absence or harmful behaviors—this project provides much needed data regarding men’s roles are caregivers and co-parents. Kristen’s study is supported by funding from the United States Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a P.E.O. Scholar Award.

Kristen also collaborates on a research program directed by Professor Theresa Betancourt of Boston College on the intergenerational impact of war in Sierra Leone. For the Boston College program, please visit their site.