“When I was in middle school, I joined the policy debate team, and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the research process, but I also enjoyed the ways we were taught to examine multiple opinions and to use what’s called ‘dissoi logoi,’ or the ability to examine standpoints that you don’t understand and to defend them so that you understand your own standpoint much better.”
That is how Dr. Allison Hahn, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, explains how she became interested in communication studies. This native of Oklahoma City received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Africana studies, anthropology and political science. She later received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the National University of Mongolia, and went on to receive a master’s degree in international development and a doctorate in communication from the University of Pittsburgh.