Meet MGA Students


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.



Christine Chun

Christine Chun

Sustainable Development, 2023

United States

Christine Chun is a proud daughter of Korean immigrants and is currently pursuing an MGA/MBA dual degree. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she worked in the nonprofit sector leading service-learning programs in low-income Chicago public schools. For the past eight years, her passion for culture and community has led her to unique opportunities in education, international development, advocacy for refugee and immigrant populations, and corporate social responsibility across Latin America, Uganda, and major US cities.

Christine holds a BS in elementary education with an emphasis in international development and she speaks fluent Korean and Spanish. Her current professional interests include leading strategic, people-centered teams and identifying sustainable economic development opportunities alongside marginalized communities, especially small-scale coffee farming in Ecuador. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

Brianna (Annie) Conaghan

Brianna (Annie) Conaghan

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2022

United States

Annie Conaghan’s passion for education began at a young age. After graduating with a degree in secondary education and history from Marquette University she joined the Peace Corps, where she spent two years teaching English and education methodology at Tynastanov University in Kyrgyzstan. While in Kyrgyzstan she led a $5,000 Let Girls Learn Grant which reached 250 women. The grant focused on women’s empowerment and women’s mental, emotional, and physical health. After completing her Peace Corps service in Kyrgyzstan, Annie worked as an education specialist in Malawi in conjunction with the Malawian Department of Education and Peace Corps. She worked with local administration and students of a USAID-funded school to improve student engagement and gender equity. Annie’s academic interests focus on international education and its relationship with students’ well-being and development. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Erin Connolly

Erin Connolly

International Peace Studies, 2021

United States 

Erin Connolly is the associate program director for Girl Security and a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where she previously worked as a research assistant. She has created modules for high school girls on topics such as ethics, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear security. Working at the nexus of policy and public engagement, she connects education, national security, and personal security to cultivate the next generation of innovative policy leaders. Erin has written on topics including nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. Erin graduated cum laude from College of the Holy Cross, earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in French and a concentration in peace and conflict studies. As a student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Profile: MGA student works to amplify young voices on nuclear disarmament

Aidé Cuenca Narváez

Aidé Cuenca Narváez

Sustainable Development, 2023

Ecuador

Aidé Cuenca Narváez has worked in both public and faith-based community nonprofits and higher education in her home country of Ecuador and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has experience facilitating educational workshops on youth leadership, community organizing, and immigration as well as managing programs. Aidé is interested in education access, community development and sustainable agriculture, and their intersection with bridging the inequality gap and funding allocation.  

Aidé has lived and worked alongside under-resourced communities in Ecuador and immigrant communities in Philadelphia. She is committed to leveraging the grassroots work of communities who are already working for social transformation through collaborative partnership, empowerment and mutuality. Aidé holds a master’s degree in leadership from Cabrini University and a BA in sociology from the University of Guayaquil. As a master of global affairs student, Aidé is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship and a Rev. Robert Pelton, C.S.C. Fellowship.

Mariama Dampha

Mariama Dampha

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2023

The Gambia

Mariama Dampha is a public health professional who recently worked for The Gambia’s Ministry of Health in West Africa. Driven by her strong desire to improve health conditions in the developing world, she has interned at the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, served as a public health officer at Bafrow Medical Centre, and as a gender consultant for the Health Star Association in The Gambia.

Mariama graduated cum laude from the University of The Gambia with a bachelor of science in public and environmental health. At the Keough School, she is pursuing her master of global affairs while specializing in global health. She plans to research connections between life-threatening health issues and health policies in the developing world. As a master of global affairs student, Mariama is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Sarah Davies Breen

Sarah Davies Breen

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019

United States

Sarah Davies Breen has worked most recently in higher education. She has held multiple positions at the University of Chicago, where she was director of academic and faculty affairs in the social sciences and manager of research initiatives and visiting fellows at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Sarah serves on the board of BLUME Haiti, a nonprofit organization focused on music education. Sarah spent two years as a volunteer music teacher in Haiti, where she learned to speak Haitian Creole. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Lawrence University and a certificate in project management from the University of Chicago. As a master of global affairs student, Sarah was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

María José Daza Bohórquez

María José Daza Bohórquez

International Peace Studies, 2021

Colombia

María’s career has focused on human rights, development, and peacebuilding. She recently served as program officer, first for human rights and then for transitional justice and humanitarian assistance, at the Swedish International Development Agency in Bogotá, assisting with the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement. She also interned with the German political foundation Konrad Adenauer and ProColombia, Colombia’s agency for the promotion of tourism and foreign investment. María holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and international relations and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. As a student, María was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

News: Master of global affairs students awarded Hesburgh and Offenheiser Fellowships

Sofía del Valle

Sofía del Valle

Sustainable Development, 2019

Chile

Sofía del Valle has worked for organizations focused on inequality and socio-environmental conflicts. Before coming to Notre Dame, Sofía worked at Casa de la Paz, a Chilean-based nongovernmental organization that advises institutions on conflict resolution and community relations. She also has worked as a volunteer with vulnerable children, youth, and women while living in a slum in southern Chile. She holds a BA in sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. As a master of global affairs student, Sofía was the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.


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