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. 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 an active member and Co-Chair of ASAPI (Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland).


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

Shannon graduated from Grove City College in 2016 after studying History and Communication Studies, and obtained her Master's degree in Public History from Duquesne in 2018. Before serving as the Duquesne in Dublin Assistant Resident Director, 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. Shannon is a dual citizen of Ireland and the US, and her interests include knitting, telling bad jokes, watching Pittsburgh sports, and planning out her next adventures.


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 enjoys all things technology and travel. She spent the summer of 2017 coaching basketball in Maine and studied abroad in The Netherlands, as well as in Kansas. She is passionate about education and International Development having taught English as a Foreign Language in both Spain and Poland. Jenny is currently studying Food Science at University College Dublin.


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.