Newswise — Jacob Thompson is the head coach of UNLV's nationally ranked debate team and a professor in residence in the university's Department of Communication Studies.

Thompson is an expert on presidential and political campaign debates, persuasion, argumentation theory and practice, and the rhetoric of American foreign policy.

Thompson has become a go-to source nationally on the role and impact of debates. In 2016, he played an important role in the final U.S. Presidential Debate that took place at UNLV, organizing debate-related activities and participating in over 100 interviews as a University media expert on presidential debates. 

Thompson will be in the media center Feb. 19 for the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas and can be available for interviews leading up to or following the debate.