Office of the Dean

R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs, leads the faculty and staff in setting the strategic direction for the school and in fulfilling its mission and vision.

A graduate of Notre Dame, Appleby earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in history at the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1994. Appleby’s research and teaching have focused on religious and intellectual history, global religious movements, and international peace studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.


Marilyn Keough Dean

R. Scott Appleby


Dean’s Administrator

Cindy Swonger


Senior Office Coordinator

Carrie Ann Taylor


Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Caroline Hughes


Associate Dean for Operations

Hal Culbertson


Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Iris Ma 


Advisor to the Dean,
Keough School Racial Justice Initiative

Dory Mitros Durham


Senior Administrative Assistant

María Elena Bessignano


Associate Director for Professional Development and Alumni Relations

Melinda Fountain


Office of Information Technology Manager

Amanda Sarratore


IT Solutions Consultant

Chris Jones


IT Solutions Consultant

Andre Ratasepp


Audio Visual Professional

Tim Checkley 


Associate Director for Finance and Administration

Anne Bax


Grants Program Manager, Notre Dame Research

Maria Harding


Director of Communications and Marketing 

Ti Lavers


Senior Writer and Digital Program Manager

Renée LaReau


Senior Designer

Kevin Fye


Senior Content Specialist

Josh Stowe


Digital Media Specialist

Sebastian Muñoz Dispa


Events Program Director

Anne Riordan


Academic Advancement Director

Jay McAllister


Associate Director, Master of Global Affairs Program

Becca Méndez


Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs

Denise Ayo


Student Services Coordinator, Master of Global Affairs

Ari Woodworth


Writing Skills  Coordinator

Stephanie Perrin


Academic Programs Manager

Jody Ruszkowski


Research and Program Associate, Global Policy Initiative

Maggie Shum