Kroc Institute welcomes 15 new Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies students


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The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, has welcomed 15 new students pursuing a master of global affairs with a concentration in international peace studies. These students are part of the Keough School’s largest-ever master of global affairs class, which includes 46 students from 20 countries. This year’s class also includes several students who were accepted as part of the Class of 2022, but who were forced to defer due to pandemic-related restrictions. 

“This group of enthusiastic and committed students has already brought a wave of creative energy to the classroom,” said Susan St. Ville, director of the master of global affairs, international peace studies concentration. “We look forward to working with them over the next two years as they grow as peacebulding professionals both individually and collectively.”

The new master of global affairs class comes to Notre Dame with an array of professional experiences, having worked in diverse sectors and fields including domestic and global policy, public health, immigration, forestry, trauma healing, HIV outreach, counseling, gender justice, sustainable peacebuilding, human rights, conflict analysis and transformation, law, religion, disaster risk reduction, nuclear non-proliferation, ethics, sustainable agriculture, and natural resources and environmental conflict.

Students in the Class of 2023 come from Belize, Botswana, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, The Gambia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. 

“We’re proud to have admitted such an accomplished and diverse group of students,” said Becca Méndez, associate director of the master of global affairs. “Even amid the challenges of the global pandemic, they have persevered in their professional pursuits and academic aspirations and we warmly welcome them to the Keough School and Notre Dame.”

The master of global affairs, international peace studies Class of 2023 includes:

  • Haleemah Ahmad, Nigeria;
  • Catherine Bruno, United States;
  • Euda Fils, Haiti and United States;
  • Muhammad Shahzad Hussain, Pakistan;
  • Emma Jackson, United States;
  • Catherine Patricia Jassey, The Gambia;
  • Saadat Musabaeva, Kyrgyzstan;
  • Mongalla Joseph Ngbabare, South Sudan;
  • Musu Bakoto Sawo, The Gambia;
  • Melvin Sharty, Sierra Leone;
  • Alberto Solís-Castro, México;
  • Emily Tatum, United States;
  • Audrey Thill, United States; 
  • Safi Touray, The Gambia and United Kingdom; and 
  • Clevyra Wang, Indonesia. 

Master of global affairs, international peace studies students receive full funding and a living stipend from the Kroc Institute. 

The two-year Master of Global Affairs program prepares professionals for skilled, effective leadership and careers in peacebuilding, government, grassroots, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, as well as the private sector.

Read more about the incoming master of global affairs, international peace studies students. 

Contact: Jennifer Betz, Assistant Director of the International Peace Studies Concentration, Keough School Master of Global Affairs,

Adapted from a story originally published by Renée LaReau at