Aaron Duncan
Professor of Practice, Director of Speech and Debate, Rhetoric and Public Culture Communication Studies

Aaron Duncan's C.V.

Dr. Duncan is Director of the Speech and Debate Program and a Professor of Practice. His research focuses on sporting culture, public mythology, and political communication.

Under his leadership, Speech and Debate Team members have won 25 individual state championships, broken over 100 events at national tournaments, and competed in over 30 final rounds at national tournaments.

Courses he teaches include Comm 101: Communication in the 21st Century, Comm 375: Theory of Persuasion, and Comm 280: Popular Culture.

Representative Publications

Duncan, A., & Syrek, A. (2017). Spreading the gospel of forensics and increasing community: Targeting traditional and non-traditional populations for involvement in forensics. In K. Copeland & G.L. Castbeery (eds.). Competition, community, and educational growth: Contemporary perspectives on competitive speech and debate. New York: Peter Lang.

Duncan, A. (2015). Gambling with the myth of the American Dream. New York, Routledge.

Duncan, A. (2014). Reimagining the self-made man: Myth, risk, and the pokerization of America. Western Journal of Communication, 78, 39-57.

Duncan, A. (2014). An antidosis for a forensics life: An Isocratic defense of modern practices of competitive forensics. National Forensics Journal.

Duncan, A. (2014) A Change of Scenery: The Southern, the Western, and evolution the Frontier Myth, In J. Perlich, & D. Whitt (Eds). Myth in the Modern World: Essays on Intersections With Ideology and Culture.



  • COMM 101: Communication in the 21st Century
  • COMM 280: Communication and Popular Culture
  • COMM 375: Theories of Persuasion
  • COMM 953: Political Communication


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011