Professor John Duncan joins the FAMU College of Law after serving as the R.J. Reynolds Nabisco Distinguished Visiting Chair of International Law and Business at North Carolina Central University College of Law, where he taught administrative and international law. He also taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Emory University School of Law, and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University College of Law.) He earned his Ph.D. in anthropological linguistics from Stanford University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.B.P.A. from Southeastern University, an M.A. in linguistics, an M.S. in audiology and speech pathology from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in romance languages from DePauw University. His legal scholarship includes articles in top-tier law journals, as well as being an academic contributor to the 9th and 10th editions of Black’s Law Dictionary.

Professor Duncan came to academia after a military career, retiring as a colonel from the United States Air Force, where he served as a Judge Advocate General and Intelligence Officer. Professor Duncan’s military background includes service as the Legal Advisor to the United Nations Command General Officers at Pan Mun Jam, Korea; Staff Judge Advocate at Crete, Greece and to the Air Force Special Operations Wing; Instructor at the National Security Agency National Cryptologic School; Vietnam combat veteran; and as a Special Operations Officer with 51 combat missions. He is also a board member of the U. S. Air Force Judge Advocate General School.

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Courses taught by Professor Duncan:

  • Contracts II
  • Administrative Law