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Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.

Professor in Residence, Undergraduate Coordinator, and Director of the UNLV Debate Team
Department(s): Communication Studies
Office: GUA 4140, 4146
Phone: 702-895-3474
Email: jacob.thompson@unlv.edu


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 was ranked in the top ten nationally in 2012 by the National Debate Rankings Report. Thompson's research and teaching focuses on argumentation theory and practice, presidential and political 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.