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.

Ciera Griffin

Ciera Griffin

International Peace Studies, 2024

United States

Ciera Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her undergraduate research focused on post-conflict reconciliation, modern-day genocide, and the impacts of international peacekeeping. She also served as a Charlotte Research Scholar, vice president of Model United Nations, and International House’s citizens diplomacy intern. Ciera joined the Peace Corps after college as an education volunteer, serving in South Africa and specializing in primary English literacy, community development, and monitoring and evaluation. 

Ciera began working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after her Peace Corps service was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ciera focused on improving equity and accessibility within the EPA’s hiring and outreach practices, as well as developing gender equity and career development educational programming. At the Keough School, Ciera will return to her research roots and examine the relationship between human rights policy, international peacekeeping, and international inaction. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.