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Faculty | John P. Koch

Senior Lecturer & Director of Debate

Office: 220C Edgehill
(1801 Edgehill Ave)
Phone: 615-343-6989

Office Hours

Curriculum Vitae

JOHN KOCH is Senior Lecturer and Director of Debate. His primary research interests include argumentation and debate, citizenship, democratic theory, and presidential rhetoric. Other areas of interest are public memory and the intersection of political culture, rhetoric, and sports.


B.A., Capital University, 2004

M.A., Wayne State University, 2011

Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2016

Typical Courses

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Representative Publications

Young, Kelly M., John P. Koch, et al. “Restoring Balance: An Academic Review of Arguments For and Against the Restriction of Presidential War Powers.” Contemporary Argumentation and Debate 34 (2013-2014): 51-128.

Koch, John P. “Sinners and Saints: Civil Religion, Public Memory, and the Presidency at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.” In The Rhetoric of American Civil Religion: Symbols, Sinners, and Saints (Eds.) Jason Edwards and Joseph Valenzano, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Professional Societies

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
American Forensic Association