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.



Musu Bakoto Sawo 

Musu Bakoto Sawo 

International Peace Studies, 2023

The Gambia

Musu Bakoto Sawo is a defender of human rights with nearly 20 years of experience advocating for the rights of women and children. She holds an LLM degree in human rights and democratization and has served in leadership roles for several nongovernmental and community-based organizations. In her career, she has translated her knowledge and professional experience into capacity building, research, networking, program development, and practical engagement with human rights mechanisms and grassroots organizations and platforms.

Through her work as national coordinator for Think Young Women, as a lecturer in law at the University of The Gambia, and in her work with grassroots communities dedicated to women and girls, Musu has gained considerable experience practicing the principles of human rights. She is committed to ending female genital mutilation, child marriages, and other traditional practices that are harmful to women and children. As a master of global affairs student, Musu is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.