Global Pathways Podcast

The Global Pathways Podcast with Ray Offenheiser features leading policy-makers, academics, researchers, activists, entrepreneurs, and others working to address today's most pressing global challenges.

"Through this podcast, we hope to help our listeners go beyond the headlines to explore global development policy and practice with leading experts from the frontlines," explains host Ray Offenheiser, the William J. Pulte Director of the Pulte Institute for Global Development and an associate professor of the practice in the new Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. "We live in an increasingly complex and interconnected global society where it is essential that we can hear from individuals who are navigating that complexity and can inspire us with the courage and insight that they bring to addressing seemingly intractable questions and realities. We hope that the casual, yet in-depth format of this podcast will be inviting to listeners of all backgrounds and provide a more nuanced window into a variety of key global issues."

In one-on-one conversations with Offenheiser, guests discuss current events, public policy, cutting-edge research, and more.

Episodes of The Global Pathways Podcast with Ray Offenheiser are released throughout the fall and spring semesters. Listeners can stream and subscribe to the podcast through Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneIn, or PodBean.

Episode Seven

Dr. Gary Gereffi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University, joins Ray Offenheiser to discuss the effect of COVID-19 on global supply chains. Recognized as one of the founders of the Global Value Chains framework, Dr. Gereffi speaks about what we can expect post-crisis and how COVID-19 could affect globalization as we know it.

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Episode Six

Listeners will get an insight into the Global Fragility Act (GFA) in this discussion with Maura Policelli, Executive Director of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office, and Paul Perrin, Director of Evidence & Learning with the Pulte Institute for Global Development. Both Policelli and Perrin are part of the Keough School team that produced a policy paper in support of the US government’s efforts to implement the GFA and address global fragility. You can read the paper online at

Episode Five

Episode Five continues the discussion with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, part of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, on the extractive industries. Ray Offenheiser speaks with Peter Bryant – Chair and Co-Founder of the Development Partner Institute – and discusses how the Extractive Industries are rethinking their role in society.

Episode Four

Ian Gary – Director of Power and Money at Oxfam America – talks with Ray Offenheiser and discusses the ethics and activism in the extractive industries. This episode is a recording of Offenheiser’s conversation with Gary as part of a two-part, live webinar hosted in partnership with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, part of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Episode Three

Episode three features Ben Phillips, co-founder of the Fight Inequality Alliance, who was on campus throughout the spring semester as a Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, which is also a part of the Keough School. In the episode, Phillips and Offenheiser discuss a variety of topics related to domestic and global inequality, including the concentration of wealth among a handful of individuals; the relationship between taxes on the wealthy and economic growth; and the links between inequality and poverty.

Episode Two

Episode two features Admiral Tim Ziemer, the acting assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), who was on campus for an event organized by the Eck Institute for Global Health titled: "The Importance of U.S. Leadership in Global Health.” In the episode, Ziemer and Offenheiser discuss how the U.S. is working to address critical health and humanitarian issues across the globe.

Episode One

Episode one features Scott Paul, the humanitarian policy lead at Oxfam America, who was on campus for an event titled: “Hope for Yemen: Ending the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis.” In the episode, Paul and Offenheiser discuss the Saudi Arabian–led intervention in Yemen, which has led to a humanitarian crisis that has been called "the worst in the world" by the United Nations.