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.

Matthew Talamantes

Matthew Talamantes

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2023

United States

Matthew Talamantes comes to Notre Dame from Washington, DC, where he worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in youth development. He partnered with Up2UsSports and Teens Run DC, mentoring students in academics, health, physical education, and social-emotional learning. 

As a Peace Corps volunteer, Matthew served for two years as part of the community health program in Ecuador. He organized camps and clubs to promote sexual health and gender equality and co-founded the dance group Kawpi Pacha, which to this day continues to cultivate self-esteem, leadership, and overall health and wellness in the community. Matthew continues to focus on becoming a change agent in the world, a process that he started while coaching college football for seven years. He holds a BA in philosophy from Texas Christian University. As a master of global affairs student, Matthew is the recipient of a Keough Family Fellowship.