Associate Professor, Music; Director of Competitive Fellowships.
Dr. Allison Adrian specializes in ethnomusicology and musicology. She studied economics, music, and Spanish during her undergraduate years. Before pursuing a graduate degree, she worked as a technology consultant, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and a group leader for high school students studying abroad.
She obtained her master’s degree at UCLA in ethnomusicology, focusing on Basque American vocal music. She moved to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to pursue her doctoral research with Mirjana Lausevic (1966–2007). Her dissertation examined music in 20 different Lutheran congregations in the Twin Cities made up of recent immigrants and refugees from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Professor, Theology and Women's Studies
Division Chair, Arts and Humanities; Professor, English
Natalie K. Eschenbaum earned her B.A. in English (minor in Philosophy) from Tulane University (1997) and her Ph.D. in English from Emory University (2006). Her research focuses on sensation studies and affect theory (specifically the affect of disgust) in early modern English literature. She publishes on Shakespeare and seventeenth-century poets, including Robert Herrick. She was Professor of English, Chair of English, and Chair of Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, through 2020. She began at St. Catherine University as Professor of English and Division Chair of Arts and Humanities (Art/Art History, English/International Language & Literature, History/International Studies, Philosophy, Theology, and Music) in 2020.
Professor, Women's Studies
Dr. Sharon Doherty is Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women. She also serves as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Mission Chair for Women's Education. Sharon’s focus at St. Kate’s is on students as members of communities within and beyond the university. A cultural anthropologist who anchors her work in intersectional feminist studies, Sharon takes a collaborative and applied scholarship approach at the Center for Women, encouraging faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i to connect their talents to the St. Kate’s mission.