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Paul Mabrey

Paul Mabrey arrived at James Madison University via the great debate states of Kansas and Georgia. He has been involved in debate since 9th grade, in 1994. Paul debated for Manhattan High School (KS) before eventually becoming Manhattan's Head Debate Coach. He was a successful high school debater in the state of Kansas and coached a number of locally competitive high school teams. 

Paul has been teaching at various national summer debate institutes for the last 10 years.  At the collegiate level, Paul was a successful debater for both Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University. He spent time at Kansas State debating on the regional and national JV circuit, winning several tournaments and often placing as a top ten speaker. At Fort Hays State, Paul was nationally competitive and continuously on the cutting edge of argumentation and debate practices. 

He won several regional tournaments (NW CEDA Champs, UNT, UCO), advanced into elims at many national tournaments (Wake, GSU, USC, Fullerton, Kentucky, CEDA and NDT Nationals) and was consistently recognized as a top fifteen individual speaker.  Paul coached as an assistant for both Fort Hays State University and Georgia State University. The teams he helped coach were both competitively successful and argumentatively innovative. They advanced into elimination rounds at all national tournaments, including both NDT and CEDA Nationals. 

Paul spent two years working in Human Resources at Georgia State University while finishing his M.A. in Human Communication and Social Influence. His research interests include rhetorical theory and criticism, governmentality and biopower. 

He teaches introductory classes in Communication Studies. Paul is happy to have joined the James Madison University Debate family. Paul loves to work with such a great group of passionate and engaged students. Paul's vision for James Madison Debate includes a regionally and nationally competitive policy debate team, a robust public debate program, a vibrant relationship with the Virginia high school debate community and a place where research and thinking can productively influence local, regional and national academic and policy discussions.



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