Jenna Ahn served as a volunteer social worker at Farm of the Child, a children’s home in Honduras. Most recently, she worked in community-based learning at Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center while consulting on a startup initiative focused on providing sustainable and affordable housing options in developing countries. She holds a B.A. in theology and pre-health studies from Notre Dame, and speaks Spanish and Korean. Jenna is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.
Caroline Andridge served as a 2016-17 Princeton in Africa fellow in South Africa, where she worked as an HIV prevention analyst with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Prior to this role, she was a research associate for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations and a volunteer for the economic analysis team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in public policy from the University of Michigan. Caroline is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Sarah Davies Breen
Sarah Davies Breen has worked most recently in higher education. She has held multiple positions at the University of Chicago, where she was director of academic and faculty affairs in the social sciences and manager of research initiatives and visiting fellows at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Sarah serves on the board of BLUME Haiti, a nonprofit organization focused on music education. Sarah spent two years as a volunteer music teacher in Haiti, where she learned to speak Haitian Creole. She holds a B.M. in music education from Lawrence University and a certificate in project management from the University of Chicago. Sarah is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Patrick Calderon recently worked for a Washington, D.C.-area international nonprofit, where he helped implement a State Department grant enabling undergraduate students from developing countries to study in the United States. He also has worked in education with immigrant and refugee populations in Canada and youth in Morocco. Patrick holds a B.A. in political science and theology from Notre Dame. He is the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs Fellowship.
Maria Camila Posse Gaez
Maria Camila Posse Gaez has worked in both the public and private sectors, including the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Embassy of Costa Rica in Singapore, and the commodities trading firm ED&F Man. She also is the director and co-founder of Fox & Hedgehog, a global and current affairs review written by young adults. Maria graduated magna cum laude from Yale-NUS College in Singapore with a B.A. degree in global affairs, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Sofia del Valle
Sofía del Valle has worked for organizations focused on inequality and socio-environmental conflicts. Before coming to Notre Dame, Sofía worked at Casa de la Paz, a Chilean-based nongovernmental organization that advises institutions on conflict resolution and community relations. She also has worked as a volunteer with vulnerable children, youth, and women while living in a slum in southern Chile. She holds a B.A. in sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Sofía is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Malalai Habibi lived in Iran for more than 25 years and was undocumented Afghan refugee for most of these years. After completing her secondary education through independent study, she entered university and earned a BA in graphic design form Shariati Technical University in Iran. She volunteered for several nongovernmental organizations in Iran, including the Tehran Peace Museum. She recently returned to Afghanistan to work as a peacebuilding facilitator. Malalai, who is fluent in Dari, is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Aminata Karim is a social justice and development practitioner who works with the rural and urban poor. She holds a BSc in peace and conflict studies from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Most recently, she worked with the women-led Federation of Urban and Rural Poor, a social action group. She is fluent in Mende and Krio, both Sierra Leonean languages. Aminata is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Mojtaba Kashani holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Tehran and a B.A. in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University. As part of a research team in Iran, he analyzed electoral behavior in the 2016 parliamentary election according to religiosity and socioeconomic status. Mojtaba is the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.
Chista Keramati worked as a translator and research assistant in Tajikistan from 2015-16. While in Tajikistan, she also volunteered as an English tutor. She holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in linguistics, and is interested in education and women’s issues in the Global South. At home in Iran, Chista is part of the minority Sunni community. She is the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.
Tracy Kijewski-Correa (Ph.D., Notre Dame, 2003) is the Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences,and Associate Professor of Global Affairs.
She is co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab)in the Keough School and co-founder of Engineering2Empower. She also is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications and the Environmental Change Initiative.
Kijewski-Correa’s research focuses on disaster risk reduction and civil infrastructure challenges posed by increased urbanization and vulnerability. Her interdisciplinary scholarship emphasizes collaborative innovation, sensing, information technologies, and simulation frameworks to create scalable paradigms to enhance the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure.
Kathleen Kollman lived and worked with refugee and immigrant women at a Catholic Worker house in Houston. She also volunteered with the Maryknoll community in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she worked with incarcerated women and young people with HIV. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester in Jerusalem studying at Bethlehem University and Hebrew University. She holds a B.A. in theology and international peace studies from Notre Dame. Kathleen is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Oleksii Kovalenko worked as a journalist covering economics, politics, and peacekeeping for Focus, a weekly magazine in Ukraine. He holds an M.A. in journalism and a B.A. in international relations and foreign policy. Most recently, he studied media portrayal of internally displaced people from Ukraine’s Donbass region. Oleksii was the recipient of a national journalism award for his coverage of volunteers working amid violent conflict in Eastern Ukraine. He is the recipient of a Nanovic Institute Fellowship.
Jamie McClung served at Bahamas Methodist Habitat, a construction nonprofit organization based on the outlying Bahaman island of Eleuthera. Because of her experiences on the island, she researched small island development and studied Mandarin Chinese while earning a B.A. degree in development studies from Brown University. Jamie is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Asmaa El Messnaoui
Asmaa El Messnaoui has worked as a requirements engineer in the private sector. She also is founder and president of a local nongovernmental organization that strives to promote community service and citizenship among young people. Asmaa holds an engineer of state diploma in materials and manufacturing processes from ENSAM National Engineering School in Morocco, and speaks Arabic, French, and some Spanish. She is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.
Mian Moaz Uddin
Mian Moaz Uddin has mentored young people in Pakistan by designing wilderness-based leadership development programs as a member of Youth Impact. He speaks Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, and Pushto, the indigenous language of Pathans in the northern region. Most recently, he helped develop an afternoon school for the street children of Peshawar, his native city. He holds a B.S. in economics from the National University of Sciences & Technology. Mian is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Loyce Mrewa has worked as a researcher for legal and multidisciplinary research institutes, analyzing issues related to children, persons with disabilities, and constitutional and human rights law. She has published work focusing on international humanitarian law, women’s rights, and children’s rights. She speaks Shona, an official language of Zimbabwe, and is learning French. She holds L.L.B. and L.L.M. degrees with a specialization in international law. Loyce is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
Parusha Naidoo has worked as a researcher for the Human Sciences Research Council and has interned at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, international relations, and media studies, and an honors degree in justice and transformation from the University of Cape Town. Through the Restitution Foundation, she recently developed a series of youth dialogues among young South Africans, focusing on justice, equality, and restitution. Parusha is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Fellowship.
Dorcas Omowole has interned at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, where she educated children on conservation issues through stories. She also has work experience in branding, media, and social research, and holds a B.Sc. in geography from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dorcas is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Nnadozie Onyekuru earned a B.A. in liberal arts after studying in interdisciplinary seminars at Thomas Aquinas College. He also has studied engineering at the University of Maiduguri, worked for a consultant to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and served as a volunteer writer and assistant editor for Your Commonwealth, a youth development program. Nnadozie is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Steve Reifenberg is associate professor of the practice of international development and co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab). He also issenior strategic advisor and faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
Reifenberg’s current research project, “From Aid to Accompaniment,” explores international development as a process of accompaniment. In his teaching about development, he is interested in interactive pedagogical approaches such as engaging students with international development “clients.”
Juanita Esguerra Rezk
Juanita Esguerra Rezk has worked on the reintegration of former combatants and reparations for victims following decades of armed conflict in Colombia. She also has served in the European Commission Humanitarian Office, focusing on humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and refugees and its link to development and peace initiatives. Juanita holds a B.A. in political science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She is a Fulbright Scholar.
Shuyuan Shen earned a B.Soc.Sci. in sociology and political science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously, he served as an intern at the Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Shenzhen and a data journalist at Initium Media in Hong Kong. His research interests focus on the political identification and participation of migration and refugees. Shuyuan speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. He is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Mehak Anjum Siddiquei
Mehak Anjum Siddiquei has worked as a research assistant on the Social Compact Project, part of the Property Tax Experiment at The Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. Previously, she worked at the Planning and Development Department at the provincial government level. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. She holds a B.Sc. in economics from the Lahore School of Economics. Mehak is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Rhea V. Silvosa
Rhea V. Silvosa worked as the program officer for the Annual Peacebuilding Training Program of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, coordinating an international training and developing training in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She is actively involved in civil society groups that advocate for human rights and restorative and transitional justices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (cum laude) from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. Rhea is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Djiba Soumaoro most recently served as advisor to the nonprofit Mali Rising Foundation, which empowers the children of Mali through education. He also has worked as a translator for medical teams and for the NGO Ouelessebougou Alliance in Mali, an organization focused on education, health, and economic development. He speaks Bambara, the lingua franca in Mali, as well as French. He holds a B.A. in political science from Utah Valley University. Djiba is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
Susan St. Ville
Susan St. Ville has directed the Master’s Program in International Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studiessince 2012. Within the Keough School, she continues to direct the concentration in International Peace Studies within the Master of Global Affairs.
St. Ville holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology (1986) and a master’s degree in social work (2002) from the University of Chicago. Her research and clinical interests focus on trauma healing, gender issues in war and peace, and the psychological effects of violence.
At Notre Dame, St. Ville teaches courses in Gender and Peace Studies and Trauma and Peacebuilding. She also has served as a lecturer in theology and coordinator of the university’s Gender Studies Program. She also has been a lecturer in social work at Saint Mary’s College.
Mark Stevens is the Integration Lab (i-Lab) program manager. He works collaboratively with the i-Lab directors to develop and operate the i-Lab’s Global Partner Experience, which engages master of global affairs students with critical, real-world challenges through links with partner organizations around the world.
Quang Ngoc Thang
Quang Ngoc Thang has worked in both the private and public sectors in Vietnam, focusing on economic policy initiatives for the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also recently interned at a nongovernmental organization that provides legal advocacy and empowerment for communities affected by economic investment and corruptions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economic law from Hanoi Law University in Hanoi, and speaks Vietnamese and French. Ngoc is the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.
Ikromjon Tuhtasunov studied international relations at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan. He recently interned at the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. An organizer of several Model United Nations conferences, he also has held internships at government, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations. Ikromjon is the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.
Sonia Urquidi studied abroad in London as an undergraduate and spent a summer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she developed a music therapy program for a nongovernmental organization serving people with disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in economics and music. Sonia is the recipient of a Keough School fellowship.
Steven Wagner served with the Maryknoll China Teachers Program in Jilin, China, teaching medical English to nursing students at Beihua University. As a Maryknoll volunteer, he participated in development projects focused on China’s rural poor and HIV patients. He holds a B.A. degree from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. Steven is the recipient of a Katter Family Fellowship
Leah Walkowski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, promoting youth empowerment and gender equality among local communities. She speaks Acholi, the language of Northern Uganda, and is conversant in Kiswahili. After returning from Uganda, she worked for the YMCA to promote positive youth development in Minneapolis. She holds a B.S. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Leah is the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.