Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 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; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; 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.



Thomas (Spencer) Sexton

Thomas (Spencer) Sexton

Governance and Policy, 2024

United States

Spencer Sexton recently completed the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program in rural Ishikawa Prefecture. Before that, he worked with international students from various countries as a designated school official for ELS Language Centers in Johnson City, Tennessee. Spencer has also studied and interned in Beijing. He speaks Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Spencer earned a BA in international affairs with a minor in China studies from East Tennessee State University. As a master of global affairs student, he is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship Fellowship.