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Steve ReifenbergSteve Reifenberg

Executive Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
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Steve Reifenberg is executive director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also associate professor of the practice of international development and co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab) in the Keough School of Global Affairs.

His teaching and research interests in international education, international development, and negotiations build upon work carried out in more than a decade living overseas, primarily in Latin America.

His current research project, “From Aid to Accompaniment,” explores ways to conceptualize 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.”
Before coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Reifenberg worked for nearly two decades at Harvard University, serving as executive director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and subsequently founding and directing the DRCLAS Regional Office in Santiago, Chile. Previously, Reifenberg was the program director for Latin America at the Conflict Management Group and the director of the Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management at the Kennedy School of Government.

The author of Santiago’s Children: What I Learned About Life at an Orphanage in Chile, Reifenberg continues to be actively involved in the Domingo Savio orphanage, and serves on the boards of Partners In Health, WorldTeach, and the Patagonia Sur Foundation.

He holds a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, an MS in print journalism from Boston University, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Steve in Laredo, TX
Steve with Texas A&M International University freshmen





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