Stephen M. Llano

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of PittsburghM.A., Syracuse UniversityB.A., Texas A&M University

Stephen Llano studies the theory, criticism, and pedagogy of rhetoric. His research is wide-ranging, including such topics as the history of university debating and the rhetoric of video games. He primarily researches and writes about the teaching of oratory and debating, and writes criticism of public debates and public address as well.

 Dr. Llano’s work has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, Contemporary Argumentation and Debate, and multiple editions of The Year in C-SPAN Archives Research. He is the co-editor of the book Adjudication. His recent publications are available at

 A popular and well-known lecturer on debate and rhetoric, Dr. Llano has addressed audiences in Japan, Ukraine, Mexico, Slovenia, Serbia, and Italy. He is a regular guest lecturer at universities across the United States.

 Dr. Llano also blogs and podcasts about issues in rhetoric, debate, and argumentation studies, available on his website

Courses Taught at St. John’s University

Public Speaking
Debate Practicum
Presidential Debate

Other Courses Taught

Feminist Rhetorical Theory