Annie Conaghan’s passion for education began at a young age. After graduating with a degree in secondary education and history from Marquette University she joined the Peace Corps, where she spent two years teaching English and education methodology at Tynastanov University in Kyrgyzstan. While in Kyrgyzstan she led a $5,000 Let Girls Learn Grant which reached 250 women. The grant focused on women’s empowerment and women’s mental, emotional, and physical health. After completing her Peace Corps service in Kyrgyzstan, Annie worked as an education specialist in Malawi in conjunction with the Malawian Department of Education and Peace Corps. She worked with local administration and students of a USAID-funded school to improve student engagement and gender equity. Annie’s academic interests focus on international education and its relationship with students’ well-being and development. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
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.