Keough School of Global Affairs

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A new area of collaboration is emerging with the founding of the Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame and the new PUC School of Government, which is in the process of being established. Both academic units are interdisciplinary, engage pre-existing schools or institutes, aspire to a distinctively Catholic research perspective, and are likely to award comparable graduate degrees. The PUC Dean of Business and Economics José Miguel Sánchez and Dean of Social Sciences Eduardo Valenzuela visited Notre Dame in December 2015. Both are involved with this initiative and met with Keough School Dean Scott Appleby and Associate Dean Ted Beatty to explore ways to work together. The deans held various other meetings to advance institutional and faculty cooperation in economics, business, social sciences, innovation, student outreach, teaching and learning, training on ethics, infrastructure and fundraising.

Sofía del Valle, former sociology student at PUC, has been accepted into the inaugural class of master of global affairs offered by the Keough School, and is the first Chilean student to be accepted into the program.  

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies is an integral part of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs. Three decades of Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellows from Latin America have contributed to the University’s strong regional academic and political connections. Economist Alejandro Foxley — who went on to become Chile’s Minister of Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and a senator — was a founding leader of the Kellogg Institute, as was Chilean sociologist and Notre Dame faculty member Samuel Valenzuela. Current Chilean Ambassador to the U.S., Juan Gabriel Valdés, was a Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow in 1984 and 1987. Having held a variety of posts, among them Chilean Ambassador to Spain, lead NAFTA negotiator for Chile, Head of Chile’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, and the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Haiti, Valdés returned to the University in September 2015 to offer remarks on the current state of affairs in Latin America. Many prominent Chileans, including senators, ministers, and scholars have taken extended academic stays at the University through support of the Kellogg Institute.

The sustained efforts of Paolo Carozza and Steve Reifenberg, director and executive director of the Kellogg Institute, have been integral to the development of Notre Dame programming in Chile. Paolo Carozza has long and deep ties to Chile, dating from his time as a visiting researcher at the University of Chile’s Institute for International Studies twenty years ago. More recently, as a member of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights from 2006-2010, Carozza served as that Commission’s rapporteur for Chile, developing a close working relationship with both Chilean NGOs and government representatives. In recognition of his service, the government of Chile awarded him the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, the highest honor given to a non-citizen of Chile. Steve Reifenberg lived and worked in Chile for over a decade and his networks in Chile and Latin America are vast. Kellogg’s commitment to Chile and the entire region is deep, and has contributed to the production of ground-breaking research in areas of democracy and human development. Notre Dame’s academic research on democratization in Latin America has been internationally recognized. The Kellogg Institute is enthusiastic to play a central facilitative role in helping manage the relationship with Notre Dame and PUC.

Innovations in undergraduate curriculum have also taken place as a result of Notre Dame's collaborations with Chile. Over the past five semesters, teams of students in Steve Reifenberg’s undergraduate course “International Development in Practice” have collaborated with Enseña Chile, a dynamic non-profit organization modeled after Teach for America and which facilitates recent college graduates to teach in under-served public schools in Chile. Notre Dame students have worked with the organization as consultant “development advisory teams” over the semesters, including three students who have worked with Enseña Chile in Santiago once the class was over.