Communications Instructor and Assistant Debate Coach
Margaret Rockey joins Capitol Debate from Western Washington University, where she has coached Parliamentary Debate and taught Communications classes since 2016. Her classes focus on argumentation and public speaking and emphasize collaborative student participation. This past spring, as a debate coach, one of her teams won the national championship.
As a student, Margaret competed for Whitman College, where she studied History and Politics and competed in parliamentary debate for four years. Though she joined Whitman's debate team with no previous debate experience, by her junior year she ended the season ranked third in the nation, appearing in finals of all but two tournaments she attended and winning the two largest ones, at Lewis & Clark College and the University of Utah. At Nationals she took third-place and was fourth speaker, the highest placement of any junior. As a senior, after Whitman cut its debate program, she competed without funding, coaching, and with a partner who had no Parliamentary experience. Together they took third place at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence in 2016, and Margaret was awarded third place as an individual speaker. Her undergraduate research focused on conceptions of statehood and terrorism in Northern Ireland and on the United States's policy in Iran.