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Allan Louden

Department Chair and Professor of Communication

Louden is an expert in political communication, presidential rhetoric and argumentation theory.

Biography

Allan Louden is professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on Argumentation Theory, Political Communication (Political Spots and Political Debates) and debate. He has published in several journals in the field. He has worked on political campaigns as a consultant and is a frequent commentator for TV… Read More »

Allan Louden is professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on Argumentation Theory, Political Communication (Political Spots and Political Debates) and debate. He has published in several journals in the field. He has worked on political campaigns as a consultant and is a frequent commentator for TV and Newspapers during election cycles. He directs the US State Department grant: Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative hosting students from 50 countries each summer.

He directed the Wake Forest Intercollegiate Debate program for 30 years, retiring from that position in 2007. In “debate retirement” he edits Contemporary Argumentation and Debate Journal for the Cross Examination Debate Association and served on the Board of Trustees for the National Debate Tournament, and edited the book Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century developed from the National Developmental Debate Conference he chaired.

Media Appearances

Candidates launch final political ad drives in Iowa

The Wall Street Journal

January 30, 2016

The Republican candidates seem to be in a fight over who can appear the most conservative and most religious. Allan Louden, a political communications professor at Wake Forest University says it is more overt than usual. “They are wrapping themselves in the Bible,” Mr. Louden said.

If you’re in this debate, you may have already lost

The Washington Post

September 15, 2015

So how in the world do you win a debate for losers?

“Don’t go,” said Allan Louden, a debate coach, a professor at Wake Forest University and an occasional adviser to political candidates. “I’m serious.”

On Wednesday evening, four long-shot Republican candidates will step onstage and into one of the weirdest — and most difficult — moments in the history of presidential debates.

There will be no way for them to confront the front-runner face to face, the usual tactic of an underdog. Donald Trump won’t even appear until after they’re finished, to face 10 other candidates in the night’s main event.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Debate
  • Political Adverstising/Marketing
  • Political Campaigns
  • Political Consulting
  • Rhetoric

Education

University of Southern California: Political Communication, Ph.D.

The University of Montana: Master's Degree, Communications, General

Montana State University-Bozeman: Bachelor's Degree, American Government and Politics (United States)

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