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Director of Debate Brian L. DeLong

Brian DeLong

Brian DeLong is an Instructor for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Brian received his MA in communication from Wake Forest University. He has thirteen years of policy debate experience. Brian had a successful high school debate career in Wyoming where he won state twice and achieved a tenth place ranking at the NFL national tournament. He continued his policy career at the University of Wyoming from 2002-2006. As a college debater he qualified for outrounds at most regular season major national tournaments. Brian has now coached for high school and college debaters for over six years. As a coach he learned his trade from coaching greats including Matt Stannard (Wyo), Ross Smith (Wake), Al Louden (Wake), and Scott Harris (Kansas). As a graduate student Brian assisted Wake (2008) and Kansas (2009) on their journeys towards winning National Championships at the NDT. Brian has also taught at the prestigious summer institutes at Wyoming, Kansas, Wake Forest, and the Arizona Debate Institute.

SPEA Graduate Teaching Assistant Adam Abelkop

adam abelkop
Adam Abelkop brings twelve years of policy debate experience to IU with expertise in the area of research. He debated for four years each at Chattahoochee High School from 1999-2003 and then at Wake Forest University from 2003-2007. Adam earned his law degree in 2010 from the University of Iowa, where he coached policy debate for three years. Adam is currently a PhD student in Public Policy at IU-SPEA. His studies focus on domestic and international energy policy, particularly related to fossil fuel consumption and the climate crisis.

SPEA Graduate Assistant Henry Fields

Henry Fields

Henry Fields debated for 4 years at the University of Oregon, where he won the 2011 NPDA and NPTE national championship tournaments and formed a group to help high schools form policy debate teams. He is now a 1st year MPA student at SPEA.

SPEA Graduate Teaching Assistant Katie Frederick

Katie Frederick

Katie Frederick is from Springfield, Missouri. She debated at Missouri State University for four years, where she was a 3-time qualifier to the NDT and a CEDA nationals quarterfinalist. She is a SPEA MPA student concentrating in nonprofit management.

CMCL Graduate Teaching Assistant Blake Hallinan

Blake Hallinan
Blake Hallinan hails from Kansas State University, where she debated for 3.5 years. Starting with little high school experience, she worked up to competing at major national tournaments and was a two-time CEDA nationals double octofinalist. Blake is now pursuing an MA in the department of Communication and Culture, focusing on the intersection of new media technologies and communities.

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Brian DeLong SPEA #323 1315 E. Tenth Street Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
Phone: (812) 856-7585

Last updated: 27 August 2013
Comments: brdelong@indiana.edu