Mary Kate Godfrey is a junior majoring in political science and global affairs and minoring in musical theatre. She works with Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC on a project examining the various social, political, and cultural factors that influence attitudes towards migrants in sub-Saharan Africa. For this project, she developed an ordered logistic analysis code using R to analyze data from the sixth round of the Afrobarometer survey. Godfrey is currently helping Fr. Dowd prepare a grant proposal and survey and interview questions for field research in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria this coming summer to expand and specify their ongoing project.
Godfrey has focused her studies at Notre Dame around the topics of migration, peacebuilding, and the intersection of politics and art. In partnership with ISP, this previous winter Godfrey participated in a virtual internship with the Refugee Legal and Advocacy Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. This past summer, Godfrey interned at the Institute of World Politics and participated concurrently in the Kroc Institute's Madrasa Discourses program. Godfrey is looking forward to further developing her research skills and interests in the coming year.