Research by Gordon Mitchell

Gordon R. Mitchell is an Associate Professor and Director of Debate in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1995. His research program specializes in public argument, rhetoric of science, and social movements, while his feet gravitate toward salsa dancing and sweep rowing on Pittsburgh's resplendent three rivers.

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Journal articles

Briefing papers

Newspaper and magazine articles

Selected public debates directed

Commentary on September 11 and beyond

Other assorted publications

Argumentative agency on the ground

In 1998, I laid out a research program for 'argumentative agency in academic debate.' Debaters sometimes quote my work to leverage critiques of contest round pedagogy, but as this conference paper explains, I see nothing wrong with the 'preparatory pedagogy' of contest round competition, as long as it is coupled with applied collaborative projects in public advocacy, public debate, primary research and debate outreach. This view draws from the vision of a 'total forensics program' sketched in Douglas Ehninger and Wayne Brockriede's 1969 classic, Decision by Debate. Below are selected materials associated with some recent collaborative efforts to involve debaters in public advocacy, primary research and public debate:

Miscellaneous debate tidbits

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