Phil Duncan

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Phil Duncan’s research explores the history, production culture, and political economy of the environmental media and science communication industry. This research has manifested in fieldwork at the United Nations headquarters, interviews with filmmakers from the Discovery Channel and the BBC Natural History Unit, and in-depth engagement with archival films and materials from the National Geographic, Library of Congress, and American Museum of Natural History archives. His dissertation-in-process looks at the relationship between the nature documentary, magazine advertising, and American eco-culture in the 1920s and 1930s.

Prior to University of Oregon, Phil taught media studies and screenwriting through the American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar (Burma). His teaching portfolio can be found at

To aid his teaching and research, Phil draws from over 15 years of professional experience in strategic communication, journalism, and the media arts, including work in the public, nonprofit, gig, and corporate sectors.


  • Graduate Certificate, New Media and Culture, University of Oregon
  • M.F.A., Screenwriting, Goddard College
  • B.A., English, University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Media, Communication, and Technology Studies
  • Environmental Media and Science Communications History, Theory, and Practice
  • Media Industries Studies
  • Strategic Communication Theory and Practice


  • Duncan, P. D. (2019). Live! from Wyoming: National Geographic's Yellowstone Live and the Legacy of the Park as Performance. In Media Res (link)
  • Duncan, P. D. (2018). (Science) fiction: Genre hybridization in Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle’s The Silent World (1956). Journal of Popular Film and Television, (46)2, 108-117. doi: 10.1080/01956051.2018.1465886 (link)

Honors and Awards

  • Lorry I. Lokey Scholarship, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon (2020)
  • Warren C. Price Memorial Award, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon (2019)
  • Emerging Scholar Fellowship, Center for Science Communication Research, School of Journalism and Communication (2019)
  • Columbia Scholarship, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon (2017-)
  • Kappa Tau Alpha, Honor Society of Journalism and Mass Communication (2017)
  • U.S. State Department Teaching Grant in Myanmar (Burma) (2015)
  • Researcher-in-Residence, Institute of Contemporary Art and International Cultural Exchange, Tokyo, Japan (2012)
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2009-2011)