The Keough School in Washington, DC

The Keough School of Global Affairs’ new Washington, DC office provides an attractive space to enhance and strengthen Notre Dame’s ties to the U.S. capital.

Through the Washington office, the Keough School expands its presence in the global policy arena by creating the opportunity to form new partnerships and convene policy discussions and debates with government officials, multilateral organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, religious groups, and think tanks.




The office is located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood in northwest Washington, just blocks from several embassies, think tanks, and the World Bank. It provides a hub for Notre Dame students, faculty, and the university’s extensive alumni network, which includes more than 5,500 Notre Dame graduates in the Washington, DC metro area.


The 5,000 square-foot suite includes seminar, classroom, and meeting space, as well as faculty offices and study areas.



Maura Policelli, Executive Director of the Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative, heads the Washington office. She provides strategic direction for its programming, teaching, and outreach. She also serves as a career development resource for students in the Master of Global Affairs Program who are interested in internships or careers in the policy arena. Having spent nearly 20 years working in Washington DC on and off Capitol Hill, Policelli has extensive experience in national politics, public policy, and communications.

Other Keough School faculty based in the Washington office include former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Francis Taylor, a former under secretary for intelligence and analysis in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. McDonough and Taylor serve as executive fellows of the Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative.

“​​In Washington one can engage in every imaginable global policy issue. It’s invigorating t​o ​apply ​my ​20 ​years of policy experience by advising students on internships or careers at nongovernmental organizations, think thanks, multilateral organizations, ​advocacy groups or the U.S. government.”

— Maura Policelli, Executive Director, Keough School Global Policy Initiative



Events at the Washington office address current issues in global development and policy from a bipartisan, interdisciplinary, and ethically grounded perspective.

Program topics build on the expertise of Keough School faculty and include conflict resolution and peacebuilding, sustainable development, religion in global affairs, good governance and democracy, aid effectiveness, migration and refugees, and international education. The Keough School addresses these and related topics through the lens of integral human development, the centerpiece of the Keough School’s mission.

Master of global affairs students with Larry Siems (third from left), editor of Guantánamo Diary, and Juan Méndez (far right), former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.


Keough School of Global Affairs
1400 16th St. NW
Suite 120
Washington, DC 20036

tel. 202-516-5570