Steve Reifenberg



Contact Information

reifenberg Steve Reifenberg
Executive Director, Assoc. Prof. of the Practice
130 Hesburgh Center


Kellogg Institute for International Studies


Master in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Master in Print Journalism, Boston University

B.A. in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Research interests

International development

Innovative pedagogy


Steve Reifenberg is executive director and associate professor of practice at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. 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 Working at an Orphanage in Chile, Reifenberg continues to be actively involved in the Domingo Savio orphanage. He serves on the boards of Partners in Health, World Teach, and the Patagonia Sur Foundation.