Meet MGA Students


The Keough School’s master of global affairs program, a two-year program, includes 74 students.  Current students and MGA alumni represent more than 50 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; The Gambia; Ghana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; and Zimbabwe.

The 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.



Theresa Puhr

Theresa Puhr

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Theresa Puhr graduated from the Master of Global Affairs program in 2020. Before coming to the Keough School of Global Affairs, she served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Women’s Resource Center in Pennsylvania, providing services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also spent a year in the Maryknoll China Teachers Program, where she taught English at Jilin Medical University and worked with local grassroots organizations serving rural communities. Theresa holds a BA from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. As a master of global affairs student, Theresa was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship. In 2020, she was selected as a finalist in the US Presidential Management Fellowship program.

Dara-Marie Raggay

Dara-Marie Raggay

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2022

Trinidad and Tobago

Dara-Marie Raggay is a native of the Caribbean twin-island state Trinidad and Tobago. Over the past decade, Dara-Marie has worked with more than a dozen organizations on social and environmental issues, often serving marginalized, underrepresented, and at-risk communities in innovative and transformational ways. Recently, she coached young people of color living in children’s homes through training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and environmental stewardship, culminating in the creation and launch of youth-led green enterprises.

Dara-Marie holds a bachelor of science degree with a double major in environmental and natural resources management and agribusiness. As an undergraduate student she was awarded a US State Department scholarship to represent her country at the Study of the US Institute for Student Leaders on Global Environmental Issues. Dara-Marie is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Juanita Esguerra Rezk

Juanita Esguerra Rezk

Sustainable Development, 2019

Colombia

Juanita Esguerra Rezk has worked on the reintegration of former combatants and reparations for victims following decades of armed conflict in Colombia. She also has served in the European Commission Humanitarian Office, focusing on humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and refugees and its link to development and peace initiatives. Juanita holds a B.A. in political science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. As a master of global affairs student, she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Kevin Richardson is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who worked in youth development in Ukraine, where he also served as a grant-writing coach, a grant committee member, and a trainer for project design and management. He also has taught leadership, critical thinking, healthy lifestyle, democracy, and anti-corruption in addition to several academic topics in various schools, camps, and cities throughout Ukraine. Before joining the Peace Corps, Kevin worked as a translator and interpreter for various industries.

Anna Romandash

Anna Romandash

International Peace Studies, 2022

Ukraine

Anna Romandash is an award-winning journalist from Ukraine. She has collaborated with the Open Government Partnership, Freedom House, and the German media company Deutsche Welle. She works as a reporter and a digital policy expert focusing on sustainable media development, human rights, and information access. She has worked on media-related projects in Eastern Europe at Digital Communication Network, and has been a fellow of the Hansen Summer Institute, the Personal Democracy Forum, CNN, and ICANN, an American nonprofit that supports Internet security and stability. 

Anna’s areas of interest include foreign reporting, conflict resolution, and security developments with a special focus on Eastern Europe. She has spoken and presented her work at global events such as RightsCon, the Global Media Forum, and the Digital Transformation Forum. She was named Media Freedom Ambassador of Ukraine for her human rights and media work, and was among the winners of the European Institute of Mediterranean contest for her reporting. Anna is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship. 

Rachael Rosenberg

Rachael Rosenberg

International Peace Studies, 2022

United States

Rachael Rosenberg served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgia, where she developed the English education program at a school near the Georgian-Armenian border and led USAID-funded projects focusing on youth leadership, social activism, and gender equity. In 2017 Rachael spent a summer as a cultural ambassador for the USA Pavilion at the World Expo in Astana (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan. She previously worked on research initiatives at the Kennan Institute and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and won a Critical Language Scholarship for intensive language study in Russia from the US Department of State.

Originally from Texas, Rachael graduated summa cum laude from American University with a BA in international studies and Russian language and area studies. She speaks Russian, Georgian, and Armenian. At the Keough School, Rachael plans to explore the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and class in peacebuilding, as well as approaches to transitional and restorative justice in the aftermath of violent conflict. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Dominic Scarcelli

Dominic Scarcelli

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Dominic Scarcelli studied political science and public policy at the University of Notre Dame. As part of a research team at Notre Dame, he published a report on the health of US democracy and impacts of inter-party communication following the 2016 presidential election. He also has interned with the consumer insight team of the Irish Food Board, where he produced reports on the legal and cultural landscape of international markets, and for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he drafted memos advising the Congressman on proposed legislation. As a master of global affairs student, Dominic was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Josefina Senese

Josefina Senese

Sustainable Development, 2021

Argentina

Josefina holds a BA in international studies from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, where she graduated with the second-highest grade point average in her class. As a student research and teaching assistant, she taught Introduction to Public Policy and Contemporary International Relations. Josefina has volunteered for the nongovernmental organization Asociación Conciencia, where she directed a public policy program for high school students. She also has worked as a consultant to the Trust for the Americas, a nonprofit group affiliated with the Organization of American States. Josefina is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, the Alpha Delta Kappas International Teacher Education Scholarship, and a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.


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