Steven Wagner served with the Maryknoll China Teachers Program in Jilin, China, teaching medical English to nursing students at Beihua University. As a Maryknoll volunteer, he participated in development projects focused on China’s rural poor and HIV patients. He holds a BA from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. As a master of global affairs student, Steven was the recipient of a Katter Family Fellowship. In 2020, he was selected as a finalist in the US Presidential Management Fellowship program.
Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 50 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; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; 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.
Leah Walkowski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, promoting youth empowerment and gender equality among local communities. She speaks Acholi, the language of Northern Uganda, and is conversant in Kiswahili. After returning from Uganda, she worked for the YMCA to promote positive youth development in Minneapolis. She holds a BS in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a master of global affairs student, Leah was the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship and a Riley Fellowship.
Clevyra Wang came to Notre Dame from Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) in Bali, Indonesia, where she was a learning and development officer. In this role, she implemented the monitoring and evaluation of the organization’s projects and also worked in a fundraising capacity. In her work at AJAR, Clevyra also focused on transitional justice, learning from survivors of post-conflict and conflict-prone situations in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and Myanmar.
Clevyra holds a bachelor’s degree in law and is passionate about societal healing, particularly through acknowledging and responding to the experiences of survivors through reparations. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
Md. Sultan-Uz- Zaman studied parasitology at the University of Dhaka. After graduation, he worked as a field research officer at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh. This experience enabled him to conduct clinical trials, cohort studies, and case-control studies, developing skills in sample collection, data collection, data analysis, protocol writing, and scientific writing. As a student, Sultan was the recipient of an Ortenzio Family Fellowship.
Maria Belen Zanzuchi has worked as an advisor to the Secretary of Trade of the Argentine Republic. There she was involved in topics related to international trade agreements, trade facilitation, sectoral competitiveness, and competition policies. Most recently, she worked with the National Antitrust Commission on the biggest telecommunications merger in the history of Argentina. Belen holds a BA in economics from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. She is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Marla Zgheib has served as a national junior professional at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, where she enhanced the tribunal’s contributions to peace and justice in local communities. She also has worked as a volunteer researcher for Strategic Concept for the Removal of Arms and Proliferation (SCRAP) Weapons, strengthening female participation in disarmament work and using open source platforms to detect states’ activities related to weapons use.
Marla holds a BA in political studies with minors in international law, human rights, and citizenship from the American University of Beirut. As an undergraduate, she initiated a community project to reduce inequalities in the Lebanese educational system. Marla holds an MA in international studies and diplomacy from SOAS University of London. Funded by a SAID Foundation scholarship, she focused on nonproliferation and arms control in the Middle East. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
Raushan Zhandayeva graduated cum laude from Nazabayev University with a BA in political science and international relations. She was awarded a U.S. State Department scholarship to participate in its Global UGRAD Program, and she studied for one semester at California State University Bakersfield. Raushan interned as a research assistant at the Information-Analytical Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. She also promoted sustainable energy technologies at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Passionate about diplomacy, she has participated in and co-organized several Model United Nations conferences. Raushan is particularly captivated by the global economy and the politics behind it, and aspires to contribute to economic and social development in Central Asia. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Zhu Qing is the former executive director of Tianjin Green Collar, a nonprofit environmental organization. In 2012, he interned with IFChina Original Studio, an independent film studio founded by a Notre Dame alumnus. Since 2013, he has traveled to more than 23 cities and regions in China to investigate water pollution, collaborating with teams of journalists, lawyers, villagers, and private sector employees. As a master of global affairs student, Zhu was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.