Academics Abroad (With the Family in Tow)

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Leslie C. Gray

Elliott Kevane sat on a crocodile in Burkina Faso, where his parents, from Santa Clara U., are regular visitors. "What were we thinking?" his father, Michael Kevane, wonders now.

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Leslie C. Gray

Elliott Kevane sat on a crocodile in Burkina Faso, where his parents, from Santa Clara U., are regular visitors. "What were we thinking?" his father, Michael Kevane, wonders now.

Michael Kevane has a suggestion for academic parents traveling with restless kids: Get them a couple of goats—and maybe some chickens.

Since 1994, Mr. Kevane and his wife, Leslie C. Gray, have paid regular visits to Burkina Faso as part of their work as faculty members at Santa Clara University, where he is chair of the economics department and she directs the Environmental Studies Institute. In 2007 and 2008, the couple took along their children, Elliot and Sukie, who were 9