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Celebrating Alumni Publications: Castrilli, Ernst and Kaifala

Joseph Kaifala returns to campus this Thursday

Join the Maxwell and Syracuse University community on Thursday to hear from Joseph Ben Kaifala ESQ., founder of the Jeneba Project, Inc., co-founder of the Sierra Leone Memory Project, and author of Free Slaves, Freetown, and the Sierra Leonean Civil War an historical narrative covering various periods in Sierra Leone’s history from the fifteenth century to the end of the civil war in 2002.  It entails the history of Sierra Leone from its days as a slave harbor through to its founding as a home for free slaves, and toward its political independence and civil war.   Joseph earned his MA International Relations (2010) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  We are pleased to welcome him back to campus, this Thursday, April 27th to discuss his book.  Maxwell 204, 4-5 pm.


Jessica’s book available in both paperback and Kindle edition.

Additionally, Jessica Ernst, Maxwell MPA/MA IR 2010 graduate, recently published So You Want to Save the World: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in International Development.  Each chapter is dedicated to answering a thought-provoking question for the reader with detailed discussion on the options, criteria, and personal trade-offs, alongside compelling examples from her own work as well as that of other dedicated professionals working in the field of international development.

Jessica is currently a Knowledge Management and Training Manager with Dexis Consulting Group in partnership with USAID.


Michael Castrilli earned his MPA with a focus in public finance from Maxwell in 1999

And Michael Castrilli (Maxwell MPA 1999) recently remembered his Maxwell faculty in the dedication of his new co-authored book, Parish Finance: Best Practices in Church Management (2016), with Charles E. Zech.  In his preface, Michael thanked his “…professors at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School: Bill Duncombe, Bernard Jump and Stuart Bretschneider who inspired him to pursue his excitement for budgeting and financial management.”  They truly were my inspiration for blending public administration and church management. After his time at Maxwell, Michael went on to earn an M. Div – Theology degree (2011) from Washington Theological Union and is currently the President of the Church Management Academy in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Congratulations to all our graduates on these recent successes and publications.

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