Andrea Hickerson, Ph.D., is Dean and Professor in the School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. Previously she was an associate dean in the College of Information and Communications and the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. Before that, she was the director of the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. She conducts research on journalism routines with an emphasis on technology use and adoption, as well as on political communication with an emphasis on transnational populations. Her work has appeared in a wide range of academic journals including Communication Theory, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, and the International Journal of Communication. She is part of an interdisciplinary research team building a deepfake detection tool for journalists. This work is supported by grants from the Knight Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has a B.A. from Syracuse University in Journalism and International Relations; an M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington.
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