Rachel Gagnon graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she majored in political science and international relations with a concentration in human rights. She has conducted human rights research with the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and also with Children’s Future India in Pune, India. She is interested in the intersection of international law, human rights, and social advocacy, specifically the use of social advocacy to strengthen institutions and law. Rachel recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia, helping to develop teachers’ English language proficiency and professional skills. Rachel is the recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship. In 2020, she also was selected as a finalist in the US Presidential Management Fellowship program.
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.