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Andrea Carson

2024 Oxford University visiting research fellow RIJS; Professor of Political Communication., La Trobe University

Andrea Carson is a 2024 Reuter’s Institute for the Study of Journalism Visiting Academic Associate, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.

She is the author of several books including 'Undercover Reporting, Deception, and Betrayal in Journalism’ (with Dr Denis Muller) and ‘Investigative Journalism, Democracy and the Digital Age', Routledge: London/New York.

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.

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  • 2024–present
    A Visiting Academic Associate, Reuter’s Institute for the Study of Journalism, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.
  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, La Trobe University
  • 2007–present
    Author, Allen &Unwin, Cambridge University Press, Routledge
  • 2022–present
    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


  • 2023
    Undercover Reporting, Deception, and Betrayal in Journalism, Routlesge
  • 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

  • 2023
    The Australian Research Council Discovery Project Mapping & Harnessing Public Mistrust (DP230101777) i
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2019
    Women in Local Government: Understanding their Political Trajectories
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2018
    Understanding political debate and policy decisions using big data
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Vice President, Australian Political Science Association, 2024

Research Areas

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