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 at 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

FOX 11 News
February 19, 2020
The stakes are rising rapidly for the six Democratic presidential candidates set to debate at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas Wednesday night, as a new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ lead widening, one-time top candidates tumbling, and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg mounting a serious challenge for the nomination.
Time
February 18, 2020
As the 2020 Democratic presidential primary heads into a few busy weeks of voting, tomorrow night’s debate stage is about to get much more intense.
WSYX ABC 6
February 18, 2020
The stakes are rising rapidly for the six Democratic presidential candidates set to debate at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas Wednesday night, as a new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ lead widening, one-time top candidates tumbling, and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg mounting a serious challenge for the nomination.
Medium
January 15, 2020
Everyone knew the question of “electability” was going to come up at last night’s Democratic presidential debate.

Articles Featuring Jacob Thompson

UNLV debate team members
Campus NewsMarch 6, 2018
UNLV’s young debate team is ranked fifth in the nation and poised to make a deep run in March’s National Debate Tournament.
Reece Aguilar
Campus NewsSeptember 20, 2017
UNLV's team of rapid-fire competitive policy debaters advanced to the elite eight of the season's first tournament.
Jennifer Hurtado
Campus NewsNovember 10, 2016
The best summation of the presidential debate experience: "No one treated me like a student. For a couple of hours, I felt like a professional."
2016 Debate flags
Campus NewsSeptember 22, 2016
Students and the Las Vegas community will gather to watch live streams of the debates leading up to the final contest Oct. 19 at UNLV.