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.

Muhammad Shahzad Hussain

Muhammad Shahzad Hussain

International Peace Studies, 2023


Muhammad Shahzad Hussain, a madrasa graduate, has research expertise in blasphemy law and sectarian violence in Pakistan. He and his collaborators’ work was published by Engage, a nonprofit organization, and is titled The Untold Truth of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

For his MPhil degree research, Muhammad focused on an eleventh-century Muslim scholar’s views on takfīr (excommunication) and its modern application by ISIS and other extremist groups. Muhammad is a graduate of the Notre Dame-based Madrasa Discourses project. Before coming to the Keough School, he worked as a secondary school teacher for Idraak, an online institute he co-founded with the goal to reduce sectarianism through education. As a master of global affairs student, Muhammad is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.