Jacob Thompson

Director and Head Coach, UNLV Debate Team & Professor-in-Residence, Communication Studies
Expertise: Competitive Debate (NDT/CEDA policy debate), Argumentation and persuasion, Presidential and other political campaign debates, Domestic political campaigns and persuasion, American foreign policy

Biography

Jacob Thompson is the head coach and director of UNLV's nationally recognized, award-winning debate team and a professor in residence in the department of communication studies. Under his leadership, UNLV's debate team has risen rapidly since its rebirth in 2007 and has been ranked among the best teams in the nation for several years. In 2018, Thompson received the George Ziegelmueller "coach of the year" award and in 2020 he was recognized as the Ross K. Smith "national coach of the year" by the National Debate Tournament. Thompson also played an important role in the third presidential debate in 2016 that took place at UNLV, serving on multiple university committees that organized debate-related activities, and participating in over 100 interviews as a University media expert on presidential debates. Thompson's research and teaching focuses on presidential and political campaign debates, persuasion, argumentation theory and practice, and the rhetoric of American foreign policy.

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • B.A., Political Science, Wayne State University

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Jacob Thompson In The News

November 7, 2020
Jacob Thompson from the University of Nevada says it looks like Joe Biden has a 20 000 vote lead, which is continuing to grow.
November 7, 2020
Jacob Thompson from the University of Nevada says it looks like Joe Biden has a 20 000 vote lead, which is continuing to grow.
October 23, 2020
Several opinion polls and ratings by the American media networks reported that Joe Biden, the presidential candidate of the Democrats easily thrashed incumbent Donald Trump in their final verbal showdown.
October 23, 2020
President Donald Trump was rated the most improved performer at Thursday's debate, but a panel of debate experts said Joe Biden was more effective with his arguments.

Articles Featuring Jacob Thompson

"I Voted" stickers
Campus News | January 5, 2021
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.
Campus News | November 5, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.
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Campus News | October 9, 2020
Diversity, safety, and success become the foundation for UNLV.