Michael Duke, PhD

Director of Qualitative Research Co-Director, Education Programs, BHHI

Michael Duke is a medical anthropologist whose ethnographic and mixed method work focuses primarily on theimpact of contemporary and historical trauma on the physical and mental health of Latinx and Pacific Islander immigrant communities, particularly regarding drug and alcohol use, anxiety and depression, stress, and housing precarity.After receiving his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, he was a researcher at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, CT, where he directed several studies on HIV risk among heroin injectors, and was the PI for a series of NIH-funded binational studies focusing on drinking, masculinity, and HIV risk among US-based migrant farmworkers and their home communities in Mexico. He then worked for several years at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, where he directed a number of federally funded mixed method studies focusing on drinking and occupational culture among blue-collar workers. Most recently, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Memphis, where he coordinated a dual Master’s program in Public Health and Medical Anthropology. An author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, he has also held affiliated faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Yale University Department of Psychiatry.
PhD, 05/1996 - Anthropology, University of Texas
BA, 12/1984 - English, University of Texas
Honors and Awards
  • Short-Term Mentor Award, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, 2020-2021
  • Policy Fellowship, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis, 2017-2018
  • Advanced Training Fellowship in Cultural Domain Analysis, National Science Foundation, 2014
  • College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Awa, University orf Memphis, 2013
  • Elected Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, 2012-2021
  • Professional Development Award, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, 2006-2010
  • Development Award, Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, 2000-2001
  • Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin Graduate Studies Committee,, 1995
  • Leslie A. White Award, Central States Anthropological Society, 1992
  • C.B. Smith Sr. Travel Scholarship., The Mexican Center, University of Texas at Austin, 1992