Nick Matthews '13

Nick Matthews


Nick Matthews (B.A. Political Science and History ’13) is a full-time instructor of speech and forensics at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA.


During his career at UCLA, Mr. Matthews was Captain of the UCLA Debate Union.  Nick twice reached the elimination rounds of the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and received many other debate accolades, including the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s All-American award. Outside of debate, Nick was a two-time recipient of the Alexander Graham Bell Association’s Lucille B. Apt Scholarship, studied through the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy program in Washington, D.C., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.


Nick completed his master’s degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach in 2015. During his time at Beach, he helped coach the forensics team as a graduate assistant coach and served as a Jack Williams Fellow for the Center for First Amendment Studies. At graduation, he was one of just six recipients of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List of Graduating Master Students, University Scholars and Artists.


Nick has presented several research papers at academic conferences, including the top debut paper of the 2014 Western States Communication Association convention. His first peer-refereed article, “The influence of biological sex on perceived aggressive communication in debate-judge conflicts in parliamentary debate,” appeared in the Western Journal of Communication in 2016.


Nick began teaching at Cerritos College in the fall of 2016. He teaches various lower division courses, such as public speaking and argumentation, and coaches the forensics team alongside Dr. April Griffin.