Meet MGA Students


The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 70 students from 30 countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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.



Micaiah Palmer

Micaiah Palmer

International Peace Studies, 2021

United States

Micaiah Palmer graduated from California State University, Sacramento with honors, earning a BA in sociology and a minor in peace and conflict resolution. As an undergraduate, she studied at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden; the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, Norway; and the University of Oslo. She has published several essays on peace education and children’s rights, inspired by her volunteer experiences in Mexico, India, and with the international nonprofit AfriPeace. Michaiah has worked as an associate facilitator with the Consensus and Collaboration Program, supporting social and environmental policy conversations in California. She is most proud of her involvement in efforts to include California tribes and other underrepresented groups into these policy conversations. Micaiah is a recipient of the Thomas D. McCloskey Fellowship.

Sofia Piecuch

Sofia Piecuch

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2021

United States/Peru

Sofia Piecuch recently served as a volunteer missionary with Heart’s Home in Senegal and Italy, accompanying vulnerable and socially isolated individuals living in slums. She also has worked with the Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice Human Rights Office in Geneva, advocating for youth and children’s rights at the UN Human Rights Council. Sofia holds a BA in global studies from Saint Mary’s College with concentrations in anthropology and international development. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural communication and understanding in the implementation of development projects. A dual American and Peruvian citizen, Sofia speaks Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Wolof. She is the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Joshua Pine

Joshua Pine

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Joshua Pine is a dedicated connector, communicator, and consultant. Having lived almost 20 years in China, he serves as a bridge between cultures and has worked extensively with Chain Reaction, a Chinese nonprofit organization, to market Chinese handicraft art in the U.S. Joshua also is a skilled translator with experiences ranging from study abroad programs in Beijing to sports camps at Notre Dame. Driven by a passion to serve, he has engaged in multiple nonprofit consulting projects in education, eco-tourism, and community health.

Miriam Psychas

Miriam Psychas

International Peace Studies, 2021

United States/Finland

Miriam Psychas is interested in reconciliation processes and the development of cultures of peace. She earned BA degrees in sociology, history, and Latin American literature from Harvard College. After graduation she directed Harvard’s study abroad program in Havana. She later advocated for improved US-Cuba relations while working at the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. She also has lived and worked in Bogotá, Colombia, where she held several positions related to teacher engagement and education, human-centered design, and monitoring and evaluation for development projects. Miriam hopes her eclectic interests and international background will enable her to serve as a bridge between cultures and people. She is a recipient of the Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Sangzhu Pubu

Sangzhu Pubu

Sustainable Development, 2020

China

Sangzhu Pubu is the former field officer for Machik, a Washington, DC-based nongovernmental organization whose mission is to incubate social innovation in Tibet by supporting and developing new opportunities for education, entrepreneurship, creativity and gender empowerment. As part of 2017-2018 WISE Learner’s team, Sangzhu has worked with other learners to tackle educational challenges faced by refugees in Greece and Uganda. Sangzhu holds a BA in business administration from Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Theresa Puhr

Theresa Puhr

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

United States

Theresa Puhr recently served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Women’s Resource Center in Pennsylvania, providing services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to this role, she 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. She holds a BA from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. Theresa is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

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.

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 U.S. 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. Dominic is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.


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