Nell K. Duke
Professor of Literacy, Language and Culture


  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Reading and literacy

Nell K. Duke is a professor of literacy, language and culture at the University of Michigan and a member of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. She currently serves as co-principal investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation and George Lucas Educational Foundation. Duke is the recipient of research awards from the American Educational Research Association, Literacy Research Association, International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English. She is author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books. Her most recent book is “Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction.”