Dr. Samuels is the Director of Debate and Assistant Professor of Communication. He teaches courses on Race and Media, communication analysis and theory, public speaking, and argumentation. Dr. Samuels wrote his dissertation on the function of ideographs on our perception on black masculinity. His current research is about rhetorics of miscegenation and the embrace of racial ambiguity. Other research includes rhetorics of sports and culture. 

Dr. Samuels is the director of the WSU debate program. In his first year as director the Shockers have qualified to the National Debate Tournament and will be attending the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament. Dr. Samuels came to us from the University of Texas Dallas and The University of Kansas were he coached teams to elimination rounds at every major national tournament in college including the NDT.


Ph.D. The University of Kansas (2019)
M.A. The University of Kansas (2007)
B.A. Emporia State University (2004)