Jacob Thompson is the coach and director of UNLV's nationally recognized, award-winning debate team and an associate 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. Thompson's research and teaching focuses on argumentation theory and practice, political and presidential debates, persuasion, and the rhetoric of American foreign policy. During his graduate studies, Thompson was an assistant debate coach at the University of Kansas. He later was the director of forensics at the University of Northern Iowa.
- Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas
- M.A., Communication Studies, University of Kansas
- B.A., Political Science, Wayne State University