Thomas Hollihan

Thomas HollihanThomas 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.