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.



Melvin Sharty

Melvin Sharty

International Peace Studies, 2023

Sierra Leone

Melvin Sharty graduated from the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, majoring in history and sociology. He also is an alumnus of the Community Solutions Program, a professional leadership development program. Melvin has worked in monitoring and evaluation at the Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, taking on roles such as project officer and monitoring and evaluation manager. He also provided quality assurance support for a social accountability project funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.

In 2018, Melvin documented the role of youth in peacebuilding and implications for policy review, a project of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders in the Netherlands. His research goals include identifying mechanisms for sustainable peacebuilding during violent crises in sub-Saharan Africa. As a master of global affairs student, Melvin is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.