Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 50 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; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; 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.

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.

Khuong “Max” Ngoc Nguyen

Khuong “Max” Ngoc Nguyen

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

Vietnam

For two years, Khuong worked as a resident researcher at the Kettering Foundation, a think tank dedicated to the study of democracy in Dayton, Ohio. Later, he spent a year in Cuernavaca, Mexico, collaborating with Augsburg University in its marketing campaigns for its social justice-oriented study abroad programs. At the Keough School he is interested in learning more about international security. As a master of global affairs student, Khuong was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Victoria Nyanjura

Victoria Nyanjura

International Peace Studies, 2020

Uganda

Victoria Nyanjura recently worked as an aftercare specialist at International Justice Mission in Gulu, Uganda, an organization that transforms justice systems and protects widows from property-grabbing in Northern Uganda. She is a former project assistant for the Gender Justice Department at the Justice and Reconciliation Project, a Ugandan organization that works with war-affected communities. She is a member of the Women’s Advocacy Network, a forum where war-affected women come together to advocate for justice. She also played a significant role in organizing a petition for redress that resulted in the parliament of Uganda unanimously passing a resolution to remedy the plight of victims of Northern Uganda’s conflicts. As a master of global affairs student, Victoria was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

Article: Eight years a captive (Notre Dame Magazine)

Joshua Pine

Joshua Pine

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Joshua Pine is a dedicated connector, communicator, and consultant. Having lived almost 20 years in China, he serves as a bridge between cultures and has worked extensively with Chain Reaction, a Chinese nonprofit organization, to market Chinese handicraft art in the United States. Joshua also is a skilled translator with experiences ranging from study abroad programs in Beijing to sports camps at Notre Dame. Driven by a passion to serve, he has engaged in multiple nonprofit consulting projects in education, eco-tourism, and community health.

Sangzhu Pubu

Sangzhu Pubu

Sustainable Development, 2020

China

Sangzhu Pubu is the former field officer for Machik, a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to incubate social innovation in Tibet by supporting and developing new opportunities for education, entrepreneurship, creativity and gender empowerment. As part of 2017-2018 WISE Learner’s team, Sangzhu has worked with other learners to tackle educational challenges faced by refugees in Greece and Uganda. Sangzhu holds a BA in business administration from Beijing Foreign Studies University. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Theresa Puhr

Theresa Puhr

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Theresa Puhr graduated from the Master of Global Affairs program in 2020. Before coming to the Keough School of Global Affairs, she served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Women’s Resource Center in Pennsylvania, providing services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also spent a year in the Maryknoll China Teachers Program, where she taught English at Jilin Medical University and worked with local grassroots organizations serving rural communities. Theresa holds a BA from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. As a master of global affairs student, Theresa was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship. In 2020, she was selected as a finalist in the US Presidential Management Fellowship program.

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Kevin Richardson is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who worked in youth development in Ukraine, where he also served as a grant-writing coach, a grant committee member, and a trainer for project design and management. He also has taught leadership, critical thinking, healthy lifestyle, democracy, and anti-corruption in addition to several academic topics in various schools, camps, and cities throughout Ukraine. Before joining the Peace Corps, Kevin worked as a translator and interpreter for various industries.


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