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.



Sofia Piecuch

Sofia Piecuch

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2021

United States/Peru

Sofia Piecuch is interested in cross-cultural communication and understanding in the implementation of development projects. A dual American and Peruvian citizen, she holds a BA in global studies from Saint Mary’s College with concentrations in anthropology and international development. Sofia speaks Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Wolof, and was awarded a US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic during the summer of 2021.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Sofia 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. As a master of global affairs student, Sofia was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.