Program Director, Sr. Lecturer
Taylor Hahn, Ph.D., is the Director of the Communication program. Dr. Hahn has taught at Johns Hopkins University since 2016, and his areas of research include argument, debate, civic engagement, and the roles and trajectories of higher education in contemporary society. He has also served as Director of Civic Engagement at the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute, a U.S. State Department program focused on debate training and civic engagement.
Taylor is co-author of Finding Your Voice: A Comprehensive Guide to Collegiate Policy Debate, a textbook published through IDEBATE Press that is used across the globe to introduce high school and college-age students to debate and argumentation.
As an argument and debate scholar, Taylor has presented his research at conferences in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe and published across national and international platforms. He has coached debaters to win the National Debate Tournament and continues to work with public debate programs to facilitate positive, deliberative environments across the world. Taylor earned his doctorate in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and Masters in Communication from Wake Forest University. He resides in College Park, Maryland with his partner Jade.