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Hollihan, Tom


Contact Information
Professor, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Chair, USCI Executive Committee
Office: ASC 202B
Phone: (213) 740-3947

Tom Hollihan was the associate dean 1997-2007 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and has held a variety of other leadership roles. He chairs the Executive Committee of the USC U.S.-China Institute.

Professor Hollihan’s research focuses on argumentation, political communication, media diplomacy, contemporary rhetorical criticism, and the impact of globalization on public deliberation. 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, and Debate Issues.

Professor Hollihan served as the associate dean for academic affairs in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 1997-2007. In addition, Professor Hollihan is currently a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations in Vienna. He has also served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Debate Tournament, president of the American Forensic Association, president of the Western Forensic Association, chairman of the National Communication Association's Doctoral Education Committee, chairman of the Committee on International Discussion and Debate, and chairman 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 and the USC Center for Communication Leadership.  In addition to his teaching and publishing, Professor Hollihan has served as a consultant to many different political candidates, elected officials, business leaders, and also to the leaders of non-profit organizations. He is currently coaching senior Navy leaders on strategic communication and also teaches in the USC Annenberg World Bank Summer Institute.  Professor Hollihan makes frequent appearances in the media to discuss political issues and campaign strategies.

Selected Publications 

  • Diplomatic and Mediated Arguments in the North Korean Crisis: Engaging the Hermit Kingdom. Palgrove MacMillan, 2021.
  • The Dispute Over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: How Media Narratives Shape Public Opinion and Challenge the Global Order. Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 
  • Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age, Arguments and Arguing: The Products and Process of Human Decision Making (with Kevin Baaske). Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009.
  • Argument at Century's End: Reflecting on the Past and Envisioning the Future, National Communication Association, 2000