Thomas Hollihan

Faculty Fellow


Thomas Hollihan is a professor of communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

He publishes in the areas of argumentation, political campaign communication, contemporary rhetorical criticism and the impact of globalization on public deliberation. He is the author of several books including Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age, Arguments and Arguing: The Products and Process of Human Decision Making (with Kevin Baaske), now in its second edition, and Argument at Century' s End: Reflecting on the Past and Envisioning the Future. In addition, Hollihan has published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Speech Communication Journal, Speaker and Gavel, and Debate Issues.

Hollihan has served as the chairperson of the board of trustees of the National Debate Tournament. He has also served as president of the American Forensic Association and also of the Western Forensic Association. He is a former chairperson of the National Communication Association' s Doctoral Education Committee and of the Committee on International Discussion and Debate. Finally, he also served as the chairperson of the National Debate Tournament Committee.

In addition to his teaching and academic publishing, Hollihan has served as a consultant to many different political candidates, elected officials, business leaders and also to the leaders of nonprofit organizations. Hollihan makes frequent appearances in the media to discuss political issues and campaign strategies.

Hollihan may be reached at or (213) 740-3947.

Thomas Hollihan In the News

"It is a very different news environment, which makes it much more difficult to control the flow of news," said Faculty Fellow Tom Hollihan to the Whittier Daily News. "It creates opportunity to empower local citizens in ways they haven't previously been empowered. No place is completely off the information grid." Hollihan's comments came in response to the death of Osama Bin Laden, and how social media played a role in informing the public.

Faculty Fellow Tom Hollihan was cited in an article in the Los Angeles Times on the fatal shootings in Tuscon, AZ that has killed 9 people and critcally wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. According to Hollihan, people on the political fringe "get affected by a kind of toxic political culture that makes them angry and paranoid that their government is being taken away."

Faculty Fellow Tom Hollihan was quoted in The Sacramento Bee that the gubernatorial debate between candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown "probably the most significant event leading up to the election." Hollihan believes that this debate will be the deciding factor for many of California's uncommitted voters.

Tom Hollihan, Faculty Fellow, was quoted by the Los Angeles Business Journal on the role of electronic billboards as a public benefit. The whole article can be read in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

"The more you refute them, the more evidence those people see that the conspiracy is very pervasive," says Faculty Fellow Tom Hollihan to the San Francisco Chronicle. Hollihan was giving his insight on the recent developments in the 'Climategate' scandal including accusations that five different groups of researchers were manipulating data to show that the world was getting warmer.

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