John Duffy

John Duffy

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Associate Professor of English

Office: 338 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-9796

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Areas of Expertise

Ethics, rhetoric, literacy, literature

An expert on how rhetoric shapes people’s identity and position in the world, Duffy says, “The language used to describe groups of people creates a legacy and understanding that may define who they are and even how they understand themselves.” Duffy’s specialty is the historical development of literacy and rhetoric in cross-cultural contexts. His research includes the rhetoric used to describe autism, immigrants, women, urban children and others on the margins of civic life and political forums. Duffy has published on the ethics of writing, the rhetoric of disability and the historical development of literacy and rhetoric in cross-cultural contexts. He recently co-edited the essay collection “Literacy, Economy, and Power,” and his book “Writing from These Roots” was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Book Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Duffy is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2015, Duffy was elected to the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Communication and Composition. He teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and literature.


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Keeping a language alive


English professor wins award for book on Hmong language
Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates
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English professor edits new book on rhetoric and writing


NPR — Professors Take A Different Approach In Responding To ‘Leftist Propaganda’ Claims
The Chronicle of Higher Education — The Ethics of Metaphor