Maggie Shum

Research Associate, Master of Global Affairs Progam

237 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-2051

Maggie Shum

Maggie Shum is the research associate for the Master of Global Affairs program. Her work centers on introducing and incorporating pedagogical innovations to the master’s courses, providing support to the Keough School’s teaching philosophy of linking theory to practice.

Shum earned a PhD in political science from Notre Dame in 2018, specializing in comparative politics with a regional focus in Latin America, and in particular, Brazil. Her research focuses on participatory policies, policy diffusion, political party organization, and social movement.

Shum’s dissertation, “The Politics of Policy Diffusion: Party Organization Versus Individual Motivations in the Diffusion of Participatory Budgeting in Brazil” focuses on how participatory budgeting–a program that is heavily associated with the Workers’ Party and the leftist values it embraces–manages to spread across Brazil, and is adopted by politicians from both the left and the right. She constitutes a theory of diffusion that takes into account the various pathways in which diffusion can occur with the Brazilian experience of participatory budgeting. Departing from the policy diffusion literature that predominately focuses on individual-driven motivations to explain diffusion, Shum’s work emphasizes the role of institutional settings, especially party organizations, in conditioning the type and scope of policy diffusion.

Shum earned a BA in political science and communication at Michigan State University in 2008. She then worked as a research intern at the National Endowment for Democracy from 2008 to 2009. She continued her academic career at New York University and earned an MA in politics in 2011. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she interned at Freedom House and worked on several reports which include: “Freedom in the World (Hong Kong, China and Tibet)”, “Freedom in the Net (China)”, and the “China Media Bulletin.”