Jacquelyn Poapst

Jacquelyn Poapst

Jacquelyn Poapst


argumentation, queer theory, semiotics, biopolitics, race and gender theory

Jackie is a doctoral student in the communication department at George Mason, as well as the Assistant Director of the university's nationally ranked intercollegiate debate team. She also received her M.A. in Communication from George Mason University in 2015. Jackie is currently working on research for his dissertation, focusing on pop cultural narrativization of sexual assault. Jackie has also pursued work in queer rhetorical analysis, co-cultural activism research and research in anti-blackness studies.

Outside of her academic work, Jackie's large focus is on skills development and tournament travel with the #1 nationally ranked GMU Debate Team. Her efforts in the past season helped contribute to one of the best years that the Mason Debate Team has ever had. Jackie also currently serves as the Director of the George Mason Debate Institute, which is the largest middle school and high school debate camp in the state of Virginia. 

Jackie debated for Liberty University as an undergraduate student, where she was a nationally competitive debater - reaching the elimination rounds of the Cross Examination Debate Association National tournament multiple times. She also won the United States Military Academy and Naval Academy tournaments, and was a semifinalist at the American Debate Association National tournament twice.


Selected Publications

Jackie Poapst, From the Closet to Saint Patrick's Cathedral: Acts of Rage and Opacity within Queer Social Movements, M.A. Thesis

Jackie Poapst & Alllison Harper, Debate Like a Girl: An Analysis of the George Mason Celebration of Women in Debate Tournament, Presented at Penn State Communication Conference and published in the Penn State Communication Journal, 2014



Courses Taught

COMM 101, Interpersonal and Group Interaction

COMM 260, Basic Debate Theory and Practice

COMM 261, Argumentation Theory

COMM 302, Foundations of Media Theory


M.A., Communication, George Mason University, 2015

B.S., Criminology and Psychology, Liberty University, 2012

Recent Presentations

Jackie Poapst, Women in Collegiate Policy Debate: Embracing the Opportunity to Break up the Good Ol’ Boys Club Presented at NCA, 2015, Awarded Top Paper in the CEDA Division

Jackie Poapst, But Diddy Made Me Do It: Hip-hop as a White Excuse for Anti-Blackness Presented at NCA, 2015

Jackie Poapst, Iranian AIDS Movements and Homonationalism: Embracing Opportunities to Understand Western Progressivism Presented at NCA, 2015

Jackie Poapst, Teaching Novice International Debaters: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Intercultural Pedagogy Presented at NCA, 2015

Jackie Poapst, How to Win Novices and Influence Debate Teams: A Former Novice’s Ideal Approach Presented at NCA, 2014