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: The Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: How Media Narratives Shape Public Opinions and Challenge the Global Order, Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media AgeArguments and Arguing: The Products and Process of Human Decision Making (with Kevin Baaske), and Argument at Century’s End: Reflecting on the Past and Envisioning the Future. In addition, Hollihan has published in the International Journal of Communication, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Speech Communication Journal, Controversia, Speaker and Gavel, Debate Issues, and Global Media and China.

Professor Hollihan served as the associate dean for academic affairs in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 1997-2007.  He currently chairs the Executive Committee of the USC US-China Institute. 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.

Professor Hollihan has been a visiting scholar at Renmin University and the Communication University of China, both in Beijing and at Meiji University in Tokyo. He is a faculty fellow in the USC Center for Public Diplomacy. 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.