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 (The 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. In Fall 2017, Nora began teaching "Intercultural Awareness and Exploration" at the Dublin campus and enjoys working with students to give them a better understanding and appreciation for Ireland and its culture.

Nora is also a Co-Chair and board member of ASAPI (Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland) and a committee member of the Mayo Association Dublin.


Shannon Baird
Assistant Resident Director, Duquesne in Dublin 
B.A., History and Communication Studies, Grove City College
M.A., Public History, Duquesne University

Before serving Duquesne in Dublin, Shannon was the ARD of St. Martin's Hall on Main Campus and was the Graduate Assistant for the Honors College and Assumption Hall during her studies. In college, Shannon participated in a study abroad trip to Northern France, where she got her first taste of the world of international education. She has since been a part of Duquesne staff assisting with Maymesters to Trinidad & Tobago in 2018 and to Italy in 2019.

Shannon first visited Ireland in 2013 to visit family and fell in love with the country, visiting every few years until she started working with us in 2019. During the pandemic, she continued her work in Student Life as a Resident Director for Franciscan University of Steubenville, and she is excited to be coming back to the Emerald Isle! Shannon is a dual-citizen of Ireland and the US, and her interests include crafting, telling bad jokes, enjoying a cup of tea, and planning out her next adventure. She has visited 16 different countries and hopes to add more to the list soon.


Jennifer Olatunji
Assistant Resident Director, Duquesne in Dublin 
B. Sc., Food Science, University College Dublin

Jenny was born and bred in Dublin after her family emigrated from Nigeria. She is a fellow of the Irish US Embassy Young Leaders Council where she liaises with the Public Affairs and Media team. Her role serves as a consultative body providing Irish youth perspectives on key issues regarding Politics, Health and Education.

Jenny enjoys all things disruptive technology and travel. In 2018, she spent her time coaching Basketball at an all-girls sports camp in Maine. Jenny studied abroad in The Netherlands, as well as at Kansas State University in 2018. She is passionate about education and International Development having taught English as a Foreign Language in both Spain and Poland. Jenny graduated with a BSc in Food Science from University College Dublin in 2020.


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 since Fall 2014.