Dugan McGinley holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University. He first taught in the Religion Department at Rutgers from 2007 through 2015 and returned in the Fall of 2018, after a three-year stint at Fairfield University. His primary research interests include Contemporary Catholicism, Religion and the Arts, Gender and Sexuality; and the intersection of Religion, Culture and Society.
Dr. McGinley is the author of Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts (New York: Continuum, 2004), which was also reissued in paperback. His essay, “A Modern Plague? AIDS and Religion in American Society,” appeared in the anthology Religion, Death, and Dying, edited by Lucy Bregman (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010). He has written a number of articles and reviews for a variety of professional and scholarly publications, including Word on Worship, Equal wRites, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.
Dr. McGinley is also a professional musician and arts administrator who has worked as Director of Music and Liturgy in a number of Roman Catholic parishes. He holds a B.A. in Music Education and Business, and has experience in public education and non-profit management. He is excited to share this breadth of experience with students at Rutgers.