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.



Jody Oetzel

Jody Oetzel

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2023

United States

Jody Oetzel recently worked as a special assistant at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, supporting work on global food and agriculture legislation, nuclear deterrence, and public opinion research. In this role, she also coordinated several consultations that led to a white paper advising the US government on global food security issues.

As an intern with a national nonprofit in Sri Lanka, Jody volunteered with reconciliation programs on the island and conducted research on disaster risk reduction and government response in rural areas. She holds a BA in international relations and a certificate in human needs and global resources from Wheaton College. As a master of global affairs student, Jody is the recipient of a Katter Fellowship and a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.