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Steve Duck

Steve Duck

Steve Duck is Professor of Communication Studies and the Daniel and Amy Starch Research Chair at the University of Iowa and a Dean's Administrative Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts ad Science. His work centers on communication processes in relationship development and disintegration, with an emphasis on everyday communication in the context of personal relationships. His main academic appointment is in Communication Studies but he holds a 0% honorary appointment in Psychology and is also Chair of the Department of Rhetoric.

Professor Duck is the founding editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the editor or author of more than 55 books on personal relationships. In addition, he founded the International Network on Personal Relationships (now merged into the International Association for Relationship Research) and two international conferences on relationships.

Professor Duck has received several awards for his work, including the University of Iowa's first Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award. In 2004 he won the Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award from the National Communication Association in recognition for "dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness." In 2010 he was awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Helen Nelson Kechriotis Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Communication, Language
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition


Courses Taught:

Steve Duck
Department of Communication Studies
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1498
United States

  • Phone: (319) 335-0579
  • Fax: (319) 335-2930

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