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Dublin Staff and Faculty

Get to know your Duquesne in Dublin On-Site Staff:

Nora McBurney

Nora McBurney
Director, Duquesne in Dublin 
Intercultural Awareness and Exploration
B.A., Art History and Classics, Duquesne University
M.B.A., Duquesne University

With Irish ancestry on both sides of her family, Nora's love of Ireland, its people, and its culture was instilled in her from a young age. She actively participated in her heritage growing up as a competitive Irish dancer and went on to obtain a teaching certification with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (Irish Dance Commission), based in Dublin, Ireland. As an undergraduate studying at Duquesne University, Nora participated in a study abroad program at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Nora has also had a strong connection to Duquesne for many years. She returned in 2007 to work as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of English and Theater Arts and, in this role, one of the things Nora enjoyed most was promoting the study abroad opportunities to students and sharing her own experience with them. During the nearly ten years that Nora worked in the department, she also obtained her MBA from Duquesne's Donahue Graduate School of Business.

Nora acquired dual Irish and American citizenship in 2016 and took over the position of Director for Duquesne in Dublin in Spring 2017. Beginning in Fall 2017, Nora will begin teaching "Intercultural Awareness and Exploration" at the Dublin campus and looks forward to working with students to give them a better understanding and appreciation for Ireland and its culture.

Kelsey Sobecki
Assistant Director, Duquesne in Dublin 
B.A., Public Relations and Communications, Duquesne University

Kelsey Sobecki is the Assistant Director of the Duquesne in Dublin program. She graduated from Duquesne's McAnulty School of Liberal Arts in 2011 with a degree in Public Relations and Communications as well as a certificate in Intercultural Study. She studied abroad at Duquesne's Italian Campus in the Spring of 2010 and returned to Rome in the Fall of 2013 to begin work as an Assistant Resident Director for the program, a position she held for three years. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in English Literature at University College Dublin.


Alyssa Smith
Assistant Resident Director, Duquesne in Dublin 
B.S., Marketing and International Business, Duquesne University

Alyssa is a 2015 graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in Marketing and International Business. Before serving as the Duquesne in Dublin ARD, Alyssa spent her Fall 2012 semester at Duquesne's Italian Campus in Rome, and her Fall 2013 semester at Duquesne in Dublin while living in St. Michael's House. She is currently attending Dublin Business School working towards her Master's of Science in Marketing. 


Mike Cronin
Academic Director, Boston College Ireland
Duquesne in Dublin Professor, Ireland Uncovered

Professor Mike Cronin has been the Academic Director of Boston College Ireland since 2005. He was educated at the University of Kent and Oxford University where he was awarded his D.Phil. He has published widely on various aspects of Irish history, and is a renowned scholar in the area of sport. He is a regular media commentator on aspects of Irish and sporting history. While at Boston College, Professor Cronin has developed a series of major public history projects based around Irish topics including the 2008-12 GAA Oral History Project and since 2013, the major online repository and real time history project for the Irish Decade of Centenaries, Century Ireland. Professor Cronin has been teaching the Ireland Uncovered course at Duquesne in Dublin for two years.