Taylor Hahn earned his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in argumentation and rhetoric. His research focuses on argument, debate, civic engagement, and the roles and trajectories of higher education in contemporary society. He earned his M.A. in Communication from Wake Forest University where he studied the ways that digitally enhanced and edited images effect public discourse.
Throughout his academic career, Taylor has coached competitive and public debate teams at the University of Pittsburgh, Wake Forest University, and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2008 Taylor coached the national debate champions, and in 2006 he and his debate partner were the first team to ever qualify to the National Debate Tournament at their university. He is co-author of Finding Your Voice: A Comprehensive Guide to Collegiate Policy Debate, a debate textbook published through IDEBATE Press that is used across the globe to introduce high school and college-age students to debate and argumentation.
Since 2013, he has served as Director of Civic Engagement at the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute. This State Department program brings 54 high-school aged students from the US, Europe together for a month of debate training and civic engagement. Taylor has presented and published his findings from the work at the Ben Franklin Institute at conferences in the United States, Middle East, and Europe.