Dr. Eileen Dugan grew up in Houston, Texas. She received her B.A. in History from Texas Tech University (1979). She went on to study Reformation history at The Ohio State University, receiving her M.A. in 1981 and her Ph.D. in 1987. As a graduate student, Dr. Dugan was a Summer Fellow at the Center for Reformation Research Institute and Fulbright Scholar to Germany. During her three years' research in Germany, she lived in the university city of Tübingen, pictured right, and in Nördlingen, a medieval walled city.
After serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio) for one year, Dr. Dugan came to Creighton in 1988. She has taught a wide range of courses in the Department of History, including those on the Renaissance, the Reformation, Ireland, the Crusades, the Vikings, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, the history of western science, Tudor and Stuart England, biography, world cinema, jazz in American culture (crosslisted in the American Studies and Music departments), and, with Dr. Randall Crist of the Department of Mathematics, mathematical history and philosophy.
Besides receiving several college grants for summer research and course development, Dr. Dugan was a Fellow to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute at Duke University in 1995. Her research has been primarily concerned with the development of religious ideals and societal attitudes in the early modern era, as evidenced in funeral sermons and devotional literature.
Dr. Dugan was a frequent interviewer on the nationally syndicated "Talking History" radio show from 1998 to its end in 2006, covering such diverse topics as heavy metal music, Tupperware, women in baseball, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, WWII combat nurses, and Elvis culture. In January 2001, she served as the accompanying professor for Creighton's Semestre Dominicano in the Dominican Republic, offering courses in exploration and Caribbean history. She was also a Fellow to the Academic Development and Technology Center for the 1998-1999 academic year, and a Senior Fellow in 2003-2004.
Since 2008 Dr. Dugan has served as Director of the Creighton University Summer School in Ireland program, which takes a group of students to Trinity College Dublin each year for a month of study and travel.