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Andrea Carson

Professor of Political Communication, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University

Andrea Carson is a Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University. Her latest book is 'Undercover Reporting, Deception, and Betrayal in Journalism’ (with Dr Denis Muller) following on from ‘Investigative Journalism, Democracy and the Digital Age', both published by Routledge. Her research examines investigative journalism, the media's role in a democracy (also campaigns and elections), political communication, and politics and gender. She studies measures to mitigate fake news and is on Facebook’s global fact-checking advisory board. With colleagues and Australian Research Council funding, Andrea is studying media and political (mis) trust in Australia. She also holds an ARC Linkage award with the Victorian Local Governance Association to research women’s political participation. Andrea has 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 La Trobe and The University of Melbourne. She is a proud WILA fellow and a past academic coordinator of Pathways to Politics, teaching women the skills for public office with UOM’s Melbourne School of Government. She is a trained journalist (The Age), radio (ABC Melbourne, RRR) and TV (ABC 7.30 - producer). 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)