Expertise and Interests
Drug and alcohol use; gender and masculinity; labor; Latin American and Caribbean populations; mental
health; Micronesian populations in the US; migration; research methods; sexual comportment;
Michael Duke is a Social/Medical Anthropologist (University of Texas at Austin 1996)
with over 20 years of experience carrying out social research focusing on the intersection
of labor, substance abuse, migration, gender and masculinity, sexuality, and mental
health, particularly among Latin American, Caribbean populations. He is also an internationally
recognized expert on qualitative and mixed method research, particularly with hard-to-reach
populations, and has written and lectured extensively on this topic.
Prior to coming to the University of Memphis, Dr. Duke served as Principal Investigator
or Co-Investigator on multiple studies, including an investigation of mental health
treatment barriers for Puerto Rican adolescents and a large, National Institute of
Health-funded study of heavy drinking and sexual risk among New England-based farmworkers.
This was followed by an investigation on the physical and mental health effects of
migration on a rural sending community in Mexico. He also served as Co-Investigator
of a study on syringe sharing and HIV risk among injection drug users in China's Guangdong
Dr. Duke's subsequent research focused on heavy drinking and their associated problems
among blue collar populations, specifically construction workers, restaurant workers,
and military personnel. More recently, he served as Principal Investigator on two
additional studies; one focusing on problem drinking and partner violence among farmworkers
in San Diego County, CA, and the other on stress and alcohol use among day laborers.
Dr. Duke joined the faculty of the University of Memphis in 2011. He is the founding
member and Chair of the Anthropology and Mental Interest Group (AMHIG) of the Society
for Medical Anthropology.
Dr. Duke is currently engaged in several research projects. The first is a community-based
participatory research study on the physical and mental health needs of Marshall Islanders
residing in Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, he serves as a co-investigator for an
NIH-funded study of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment barriers among post-deployment
National Guard troops.
He and his research team have also been involved in ongoing evaluation activities
for the Family Safety Center, a Memphis-based organization that provides case management
and service coordination for victims of intimate partner violence. Lastly, Dr. Duke
has several projects in development focusing on the causes, correlates, and measurement
of acculturative stress among immigrant populations, and occupational stress among
low income workers.
2013 Duke, M.R., L. Bergmann, C.M. Cunradi, and G.M. Ames. Like Swallowing a Butcher Knife:
Layoffs, Masculinity and Couple Conflict in the U.S. Construction Industry. Human Organization, 72(4):293-301.
2011 Duke, M.R. Ethnicity, well being, and the organization of labor among shade
tobacco workers. Medical Anthropology, 30(4):409-424.
2011 Duke, M.R. and C.B. Cunradi. Measuring intimate partner violence among male
and female farmworkers in San Diego County, CA. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,17(1):59-67.
2010 Duke, M.R., G.M. Ames, and L. Bergmann. Competition and the limits of solidarity
among unionized construction workers. Anthropology of Work Review, 31(2):83-91.
2010 Duke, M.R., B. Bourdeau, and J.D. Hovey. Day laborers and occupational stress:
Testing the Migrant Farmworker Stress Inventory with a Latino day laborer population.
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2):166-22.
2009 Duke, M.R. and F.J. Gomez Carpenterio. The effects of problem drinking and sexual
risk among Mexican migrant workers on their community of origin. Human Organization
- 2013 Travel Enrichment Award, University of Memphis,
College of Arts and Sciences
- 2006-2010 Professional Development Award, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
- 2004-2006 Fogarty International Research Award, Migration, Alcohol, and HIV Risk in Rural Mexico (R03-AA015401).
- 2002-2003 Connecticut Health Foundation, Access to Mental Health Services for Youth of Puerto Rican Descent in Hartford, CT
- 2001-2005 National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Drinking Behaviors of Migrant and Non-Migrant Farmworkers (1 R01 AA 12829-01).
- 2000-2001 Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS Development
Program, HIV Sex Risk Among Migrant Farmworkers.