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Michael C. Munger

Michael C. Munger is a professor of political science at Duke University, and former chair of the department.

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Stories by this Author

  • Two-Minute Tips

    6 Tips to Shape Up Your Writing

    Got writing troubles? You are not alone. In this inaugural edition of Two-Minute Tips, we offer six helpful hints to make your prose sing, based on Michael C. Munger’s article “10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly.”
  • First Person

    The Beauty of the Virtual Discussion Section

    Instead of Sisyphus in the classroom, you can be a rock star.
  • First Person

    L’Affaire LaCour

    What it can teach us about academic integrity and “truthiness.”
  • First Person

    10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly

    In my nearly 30 years at universities, I have seen a lot of very talented people fail because they couldn’t, or didn’t, write.
  • Heads Up

    Lean on Your Staff

    Five suggestions for academic administrators who are trying to manage staff members for the first time.
  • Heads Up

    10 Suggestions for a New Department Chair

    A veteran chair lists 10 things he wished he had known before taking the job.
  • Moving Up

    The Right Kind of Nothing

    The best administrators have an enormous sense of responsibility and a small need for control.
  • First Person

    The 5 Rules of Lateness in Academe

    We tend toward lateness because each of us hates waiting more than we feel bad about making others wait.
  • Moving Up

    ‘A’ Hire vs. ‘the’ Hire

    Following the five principles of external hiring can keep your search for a dean from getting derailed.