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Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University

Andrea Carson is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at Latrobe University. Her latest research book is 'Investigative Journalism, Democracy and the Digital Age' published by Routledge. She was previously a lecturer in political science at the University of Melbourne and served as an honorary fellow with the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism. Her research examines politics and the media - with special interests in investigative journalism, the media's role in a democracy and political communication. She has done extensive research on journalism, Australian politics, party representation and voter behaviour, election campaigns and digital media. Andrea holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in International Politics, both from the University of Melbourne. She has taught courses on political communication, news media and politics and campaigns and elections at The University of Melbourne. She was the academic coordinator of Pathways to Politics, teaching women the skills for public office with the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. She has worked previously as a print journalist (The Age), online, radio (ABC, RRR) and TV (producer 7.30). Read more here:


  • 2013–present
    Honorary research fellow, Centre for Advancing Journalism
  • 2007–present
    Author, Allen &Unwin, Cambridge University Press, Routledge
  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, La Trobe University
  • 2014–2018
    Lecturer, Political Science, University of Melbourne
  • 2004–2010
    774 Morning Producer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 2007–2008
    Producer, 7.30 Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • 2001–2004
    Radio Broadcaster, 3RRR
  • 1997–2001
    Journalist, The Age


  • 2013 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2008 
    University of Melbourne, Masters of International Politics
  • 1999 
    Deakin University, Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993 
    Royal Melbourne Hospital, Registered Nurse


  • 2020
    Investigative Journalism Democracy and the Digital Age, Routledge
  • 2018
    Australian Politics in the Twenty-First Century Old Institutions, New Challenges, Cambridge University Press
  • 2017
  • 2007
    Gut Instincts: A practical guide to a healthy digestive system, Allen & Unwin

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Understanding political debate and policy decisions using big data
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Political Science (1606)
  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
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