John Duffy


Associate Professor of English

Specialty: Ethics, rhetoric, literacy, writing pedagogy

Degrees: BA, Boston College; MA, University College, Dublin; MA, Columbia University; PhD, University of Wisconsin

John 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.

Recent Writing

Recent Talks

  • “Toward a Common Language: Teaching Ethical Argument in the Disciplines.” Invited Lecture, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. August 30, 2017.
  • “Sites of Resistance: Teaching Writing in a Post-Truth Culture.” Invited Lecture, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. August 31, 2017.
  • “The Futures of College Writing.” Invited Panelist, Symposium Sponsored by the University of Denver Writing Program, University of Denver, Denver, CO. June 15, 2017.
  • “Radical Humilities: Post-Truth, Ethics, and the Teaching of Writing.” Keynote Speaker, Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. April 7, 2017.
  • “Facts Matter! A Guide to Critical Thinking.” Invited panelist. American Democracy Project’s Civic Leadership Academy. South Bend, IN. March 22, 2017.
  • “The Man in the Work: Reflections on Harvey Graff.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR. March 21, 2017
  • “Cultivating Incivility.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR. March 20, 2017
  • “As a Matter of Fact: Ethical Writing in a Post-Truth Culture.” Invited Lecture. Belmont University, Nashville, TN. February 20, 2017
  • “Enactments of Virtue.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX. April 8, 2016
  • “Talking With Strangers: The Ethical Dimensions of Teaching Writing.” Invited Lecture.  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. October 29, 2015.
  • “Wherever the Just Exchange Their Messages: Teaching Writing as Ethical Discourse.” Invited Lecture.  University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. October 9, 2015.
  • “Good People, Speaking Well: The Work of a Writing Center.” Keynote Address. East Central Writing Centers Association Conference, Notre Dame Indiana. April 10, 2015.
  • “Rhetorical Virtues: The Ethical Discourse of the Writing Classroom. Guest Speaker, Reimagining Student Writers Series. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. April 1, 2015.
  • "Beyond Civility: Addressing the Crisis in American Public Discourse." Saturday Scholars Series, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, November 22, 2014.
  • "Ethical Dispositions: A Discourse for Rhetoric and Composition." Keynote Address, Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, October 17, 2014.


Contact Information
338 Decio Hall
(574) 631-9796

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556