Dr. Karen Dugger, is Professor and Chair of the Women's Studies Department and Director of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women (ITROW). She taught at Bucknell University in the Sociology Department from 1983 until 1999, when she moved to Towson University. She received her PhD. in Sociology from Kent State University. As Director of ITROW she serves as publisher and editor of the Women in the Curriculum series, most recently publishing Teaching the Isms: Feminist Pedagogy Across the Disciplines. She also developed and supervises the Pathways program which provides scholarships, as well as academic and social support to low-income parents so they may have access to an education that will improve their economic self-sufficiency. Her most recent publication is an edited book titled, “Service Learning in Women’s Studies and The Disciplines." Other publications include: "Do Educators Have a Responsibility to Raise Social Justice Issues in the Classroom," Women in Higher Education in the United States: Has There Been Progress?" and, "Black Women and the Question of Abortion."
Her research and teaching interests include: women and leadership, women in international contexts, gender and emotions, the intersection of race, gender and sexuality, feminist pedagogy, and service learning. She also organizes and conducts international conferences in countries such as Croatia, Turkey and India, which bring together Western scholars and activists with their counterparts in the host countries to share knowledge, experiences, and resources, and to cultivate discussion of international issues and assist faculty in internationalizing their courses and scholarship.