Thomas Hollihan is the author of several books including: The Dispute over the Diayou/Senkaku Islands: How Media Narratives Shape Public Opinions and Challenge the Global Order; Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age; Arguments 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, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Global Media and China, Controversia, Speaker and Gavel, and Debate Issues.
Hollihan was associate dean for academic affairs in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 1997-2007. He chairs the Executive Committee of the USC US-China Institute and formerly chaired the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament, the National Communication Association (NCA) Doctoral Education Committee, NCA Taskforce on Legislative Reform, and the NCA Committee on International Discussion and Debate. He was also president of the American Forensic Association and the Western Forensic Association.
Hollihan has been a visiting scholar at Renmin University, the Communication University of China, and Meiji University. He is a faculty fellow in the USC Center for Public Diplomacy and the USC Center for Communication Leadership. Hollihan has served as a consultant to many different political candidates, elected officials, business leaders, and also to the leaders of NGOs. He coaches senior U.S. Navy leaders on strategic communication and also teaches in the USC Annenberg World Bank Summer Institute. He has also consulted for the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations. Hollihan makes frequent appearances in the media to discuss political issues and campaign strategies.
Awards and honors:
Daniel M. Rohrer Research Award for best original scholarship in the field of argumentation, American Forensic Association (1988).
Daniel M. Rohrer Research Award for best original scholarship in the field of argumentation, American Forensic Association (1995).
Arguments and Arguing: The Products and Process of Human Decision Making, author (Waveland Press, first edition, 1994; Tsinghua University Press, 2018).
The dispute over the Diayou/Senkaku Islands: How media narratives shape public opinions and challenge the global order, author (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).
“Out of chaos breathes creation”: Human Agency, mental illness, and conservative arguments locating responsibility for the Tucson massacre, author (Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 2014).
Uncivil wars: Political campaigns in the media age, author (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2009).
“Rhetorical criticism as moral action revisited: Moral and rhetorical imperatives in a nation Trumped,” author (Western Journal of Communication, 2020).
“Weapons and words: Rhetorical studies of the Gabrielle Giffords shootings,” author (Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 2014).
“Market panics and the limits of national power and authority: An argumentative analysis of the 2011 Italian debt crisis,” author (International Journal of Communication, 2014).
“Argument at century’s end: Reflecting on the past and envisioning the future,” author (National Communication Association, 2000).
COMM 520: The Rhetoric of the Presidential Campaign Trail
COMM 580: Media and Politics