Hi. I’m Mike Duncan, an associate professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. My Ph.D. is in Composition Studies (called Rhetoric and Composition elsewhere) from the University of Memphis, though I generally teach courses in TC (Technical Communication) – rhetorical theory, usability, research methods, style, history of rhetoric, technical writing, editing, etc.

I don’t really have a home academic field. I suppose it would be rhetoric, but I live in an English department and teach a lot of technical communication, and I pretty much write on what I want, so.


(forthcoming) Ozaki, Naoko, Jillian Hill and Mike Duncan. “The Rhetoric of a Kamikaze Manual.” Technical Communication, estimated 2020.

(forthcoming) Duncan, Mike. “The Danger of Using Style to Determine Authorship: The Case of Luke and Acts,” chapter in Style and the Future of Composition Studies, Utah State UP, estimated 2020.

Joswiak, Regan and Mike Duncan. “Inform or Persuade? An Analysis of Technical Communication Textbooks.” Technical Communication 67.2 (2020): https://www.stc.org/techcomm/2020/04/28/inform-or-persuade-an-analysis-of-technical-communication-textbooks/.

Duncan, Mike. “Knives in the Air: Argumentative Arrangement in Demosthenes’s 330 BCE On The Crown and Donald Trump’s October 10, 2019 Minnesota Rally Speech.” Relevant Rhetoric 11 (2020): http://www.relevantrhetoric.com/KnivesInTheAir.pdf.

Sciullo, Nick J. and Mike Duncan. “Professionalizing Peer Review: A Suggestion for a More Ethical and Pedagogical Review Process.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 50.4 (2019): 248-264.

Duncan, Mike. “The Missing Rhetorical History Between Quintilian and Augustine.” Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric 33.4 (2015): 349-376.

Duncan, Mike and Adam Ellwanger. “The Rhetoric of Moderation in Deliberative Discourse: Barack Obama’s December 1, 2009 speech at West Point.” Cogency 6.1 (2014): 63-90.

Duncan, Mike and Jillian Hill. “Termination Documentation.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 77.3 (2014): 297-311.

Duncan, Mike. “The New Christian Rhetoric of Origen.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 46.1 (2013): 88-104.

Duncan, Mike. “The Research Paper as Stylistic Exercise.” In The Centrality of Style, Ed. Mike Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri. West Layafette, ID: Parlor Press, 2013. 161-173.

The Centrality of Style, Eds. Mike Duncan and Star Medzerian Vanguri. West Layafette, ID: Parlor Press and WAC Clearinghouse. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/centrality/

Duncan, Mike. “The Curious Silence of the Dog and Paul of Tarsus: Revisiting the Argument from Silence.” Informal Logic 34.1 (2012): 83-97.

Duncan, Mike. “Polemical Ambiguity and the Composite Audience: Bush’s September 20, 2001 speech to Congress and the Epistle of 1 John.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.5 (2011): 455-471.

Duncan, Mike. “Questioning the Auditory Sublime: A Multisensory-Organic Approach to Prose Rhythm.” JAC (Journal of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture) 31.3-4 (2011): 579-608.

McCarthy, Phillip, and Adam Renner, Michael Duncan, Nicholas Duran, Erin Lightman, Danielle McNamara. “Identifying Topic Sentencehood.” Behavioral Research Methods 40.3 (2008): 647-664.

Duncan, Mike. “Whatever Happened to the Paragraph?” College English 69.5 (2007): 470-495. Rpt. in Style in Composition and Rhetoric: A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Paul Butler. Bedford St. Martin’s: Boston, 2009.


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