Denise Vaughan

Denise Vaughn


B.A. International Relations, Carroll College, Helena, Montana
M.A. Political Science, Washington State University
Ph.D.Political Science, Washington State University

Office:  UW2-228
Email:  deniseva@uw.edu
Mailing:  18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


I teach courses in Debate, Oral Communication and Debate and Policy Analysis.  I am a firm believer in the ability of rhetoric to shape the world and empower students.  Through the use of a variety of outside sources and the interests of students themselves, I seek to create connections between the world we study in the classroom and their interactions outside the classroom.  I see the classroom as a collaborative experience where students and faculty interact with the material and educate one another.  My courses focus on experiential learning and problem solving.

Recent Courses Taught

BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis
BIS 237 Public Speaking and Communication
BIS 217 Introduction to Debate
BIS 398 Directed Studies in Debate
BIS 494 Task Force (Debate)


My research interests include cognitive decision making in elites.  I am interested in the ways in which elite political figures view other leaders and countries and the ways in which those images shape policy making activities.  This is about how people form those images but also how they are expressed in speeches and in written correspondence.  I use those images as a predictor for policy behavior.  I am also deeply interested in models of learning and the use of argumentation in developing communication and research skills.