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Packer, Joseph

Faculty, Director of Forensics and Debate



Dr. Packer’s research interests span a wide variety of topics. He has written on the rhetoric of alien life, video games, social movements, and philosophical pessimism. He has taught debate in China and the United States at a variety of institutions. ​


Recent Scholarships

Packer, J. Alien Life and Human Purpose: A Rhetorical Examination through History. Lexington Books (2015). 

Packer, J. “What Makes an Orc? Racial Cosmos and Emergent Narrative in World of Warcraft.” Games and Culture, 9. 2 (2014): 83-101. 

Packer, J. “How Much Jail Time? Returning Women to the Abortion Debate.” Argumentation and Advocacy, 50. 2 (2013): 89-103.

More about Joseph Packer

Ph.D: University of Pittsburgh
MA: Wake Forest University
BA: University of Mary Washington

Courses Taught

• Video Games and Communication
• Intro to ​Debate
• Practicum in Debate Forensics