Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; and Zimbabwe.

Our students bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism, and other fields. All students in the class have received fellowships thanks to a number of generous families, as well as foundation support and funding from institutes and the university more widely.



Pawas Manandhar

Pawas Manandhar

Sustainable Development, 2020

Nepal

Pawas Manandhar worked most recently as an area coordinator and an international and diversity fellow at a small liberal arts college in rural New Hampshire. He has experience as a research assistant and a teaching assistant in political studies and has organized various initiatives to encourage cross- cultural education and growth. Pawas also has organized several Model United Nations conferences. He is interested in the interconnected theories of development, education and democracy, especially pertaining to underrepresented minorities in the global South. As a master of global affairs student, Pawas was the recipient of a Paul & Regina Rogalski Global Affairs Fellowship.

Nate Van Duzer

Nate Van Duzer

International Peace Studies, 2020

United States

Nate Van Duzer has worked with local policymakers and elected officials for nearly a decade, first as an aide to a Seattle city councilmember and most recently with the administration and elected school board of Seattle Public Schools. These positions allowed him to interact with advocates, constituents, and the media while pursuing legislative and policy improvements in areas ranging from criminal justice reform to early childhood education to gun safety. Nate was active in the Seattle community and volunteered with a nonprofit organization that partners with youth to help them exit street life. He holds a BA in history from Georgetown University, with a minor in Arabic and a certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding. As a master of global affairs student, Nate was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

“Work–Life Intersections in Peacebuilding, Development, and Humanitarian Aid”  (Journal of Peacebuilding & Development)

Patricia Ndagano

Patricia Ndagano

Sustainable Development, 2020

Democratic Republic of Congo

Patricia Ndagano spent two years conducting research on girls formerly associated with armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. She also has worked with nonprofit organizations focusing on humanitarian responses to internally displaced people and refugees in post conflict and hard-to-reach areas in DR Congo. Most recently, she worked as a senior program assistant and project officer for Management Sciences for Health, an international organization that aims to improve the health of the poorest and most vulnerable people. Patricia is passionate about community empowerment and believes that quality education and capacity-building can contribute to societal transformation. She enjoys participating in youth-led associations and acts as a youth wing representative at the World Union of Jesuits Alumni. Patricia is fluent in French and Swahili. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is an alumna of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. As a master of global affairs student, Patricia was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Karis Ailabouni

Karis Ailabouni

International Peace Studies, 2020

United States

Karis Ailabouni is a second-generation Palestinian immigrant and refugee who was born and raised in the United States. After graduating with a BA in music, psychology, and French from Valparaiso University, she taught English in Madagascar and co-founded an English club that equipped 200 youth with language skills for future employment. Karis then lived in Jerusalem for three years designing, implementing, and managing a study abroad program for Notre Dame. In this capacity, she formed strategic partnerships with local nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and religious organizations. She was also involved in grassroots resistance efforts such as Right to Movement, Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World, and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. Karis speaks Palestinian Arabic and French. As a master of global affairs student, she was a recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.


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