Meet a Global Affairs Student with a Concentration in Irish Studies

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Rose Pupel '19, College of Arts and Letters, Economics Major, with a Supplementary Major in Global Affairs from the Keough School and a Concentration in Irish Studies

A choice Rose made her first year at Notre Dame, proved to be transformative. She enrolled in "The Irish in the World" with Professors Patrick Griffin and Ian Kuijt. That class led to a fascinating and deeply personal research project, study abroad at Notre Dame's Dublin Global Gateway, and a passion for even more Irish Studies courses.

Combining her focus on economics with a desire to understand the important and complex human, social, political, and economic issues at work in international affairs today, Rose chose to earn a supplementary major in global affairs from the Keough School—becoming the first Notre Dame undergraduate to do so.

Rose wrote her senior thesis on the impact of the 2016 United Kingdom European Union referendum on sectarian crime and political participation in the border regions in Northern Ireland.

The summer after graduation, she paired a Fulbright Language Award with funding from the Keough-Naughton Institute to create a summer language study in the Gaeltacht of Glemcolmcille, Donegal.

The newest Young Alumni member of the Institute's Ireland Advisory Council, Rose now works in Hoboken, New Jersey, as an e-commerce buyer for Walmart.


"By far, the best thing about my Irish Studies focus has been the faculty in the Keough-Naughton Institute. They have been incredibly passionate about what they teach and passionate about helping their students to learn and grow."

– Rose Pupel '19