Christine Jeske, MBA, PhD Candidate

“Teaching for Eastern’s Africa cohort each year feels like an annual reunion with “my kind of people.” I love that Eastern classes bring together bright African leaders and students from around the world who are passionate, thoughtful, and humble servants.”

Christine Jeske has worked in microfinance, refugee resettlement, community development, and teaching while living in Nicaragua, China, and South Africa. She and her family travel between Madison, WI and South Africa as she completes a PhD in cultural anthropology through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She writes frequent articles for magazines including Relevant, and is the author of two books: Into the Mud: Inspiration for Everyday Activists, and This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling (coauthored with her husband Adam). She lives happily "unsettled" in an old Wisconsin farmhouse called the Sanctuary, complete with chickens, vegetables, weeds, and two wonderful children. 

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  • PhD in Progress, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Cultural Anthropology)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Cultural Anthropology) (2013)
  • M.B.A. Eastern University (International Economic Development) (2005)
  • B.A, University of Wisconsin-Madison (English, Piano) (1999)
Research Interests
  • Economic Development
  • Economics and morality
  • Unemployment and entrepreneurship
  • Southern Africa
Selected Publications
  • “Into the Mud: Inspiration for Everyday Activists : True Stories of Africa”; Jeske, Christine; 2010.  Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.
  • “This Ordinary Adventure: Settling down without Settling”; Jeske, Christine, and Jeske, Adam, 2012. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books.
  • “The Gospel Hand-off: After a Setback due to Illness, One Missionary Couple Had to Give Their Ministry Away. Why They’ Re Happy about It.”; Jeske, Adam, and Jeske, Christine; 2013. Christianity Today 57 (1): 56–60.
  • Articles in publications including: Relevant, Neue Quarterly, MomSense, The Gardener, Prism, Adventure Motorcycle, Country, The Lookout, Ruminate, The Well: Women in the Academy and Professions, and Overland Journal. 
Current Projects
  • Doctoral dissertation: “This Is Not Working: South African unemployment and competing narratives of a good life”
Selected Lectures/Presentations
  • “Pentecostalism as a Door into the World of Work.” American Anthropological Association annual meetings. Nov. 24, 2013.
  • “Take me home in your suitcase: Examining the boundaries of truth and intervention in anthropological subjects’ imaginary futures”. Anthropology Graduate Conference, Reclaiming Truth: Obligations, Methodologies, and Implications, Johns Hopkins University. April 19-20, 2013.
  • “WorldView lecture series”. Trinity Christian College. Oct. 17, 2011.
  • “Literature as a response to poverty”. Symposium, An Urban Majority: Responses to Deepening Hunger and Poverty in the World’s Burgeoning Cities. Wheaton University. Feb. 26-27, 2011.
Affiliations/ Professional Associations
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Scott Kloeck-Jenson Summer Research Fellowship. Summer 2013.
  • FLAS Fellowship.  2011-2012 academic year and 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice Award.  2011. 
  • Wisconsin Rewind Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Association.  2010.
  • Forward Under Forty Outstanding Alumni Award.  2008. 
Recent Courses
  • Economic Development for Developing Countries
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