Andrea Hickersond

Andrea Hickerson

Director of the School of Communication and Associate Professor
3002 Eastman Hall

Professor Hickerson has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; a M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington.  She joined the RIT faculty in 2009, when the journalism degree program officially launched.

Professor Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities.  She is currently working on a project called “The Immigrant Journalist in the Digital Age,” which explores the role of media in immigrant communities in the U.S.

Professor Hickerson is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.

In 2011 Professor Hickerson and Dr. Vic Perotti in RIT’s Saunders College of Business received a Presidential Grant of $155,000 from the Knight Foundation to create and pilot a new interactive model for journalistic event coverage using mobile technology. The project, “Rise Above the Crowd” ( premiered at RIT’s Imagine Festival on May 7, 2011. 

Professors Hickerson and Perotti received a second grant from the Knight Foundation in 2013 to fund a Digital Journalism Incubator at RIT starting in Spring 2014. 

Finally, Professor Hickerson remains active in journalism, writing the column “The Fair-Weather Runner” for the Democrat & Chronicle (

Courses offered

  • Newswriting
  • Law & Ethics of the Press
  • The History of Journalism
  • Reporting in Specialized Fields: Political Reporting
  • Senior Projects
BA, Syracuse University; MA, University of Texas; Ph.D., University of Washington

Hickerson, A. & Dunsmore, K. (2015). Locating refugees in media discourse: A media analysis of refugees in the U.S. in “World Refugee Day” coverage. Journalism Practice. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2015.1025417

Wang, X., Hickerson, A. & Arpan, L. (2015).The role of self-affirmation and user status in readers’ response to identity-threatening news. Communication Research. doi:  10.1177/0093650214565897

Hickerson, A. & Gustafson, K.  (2014). Revisiting the Immigrant Press. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.  doi: 10.1177/1464884914542742

Hickerson, A. & Perotti, V.  (2013) “Rise above the crowd”: A quasi-experiment in journalistic event coverage using mobile phones and billboards. Journal of Digital and Media Literacy.

Hickerson, A. (2013).  Media use and transnational civic and political participation: a case study of Mexicans in the USA. Global Networks, 13(2), pp. 143-163.

Hickerson, A., Moy, P. & Dunsmore, K. (2011).  Journalists’ sourcing and framing of Abu Ghraib.  Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(4), pp. 789-806. 

Hickerson, A. & Gastil, J.  (2008). Assessing the difference critique of deliberation: Gender, emotion and the jury experience.  Communication Theory, 18(2), pp. 281-303.

Hickerson, Andrea A. (2007).  Identity via satellite: A case study of the Kurdish satellite television station Medya-TV.  Brussels, Belgium: The Kurdish Institute of Brussels. 

Allen (Hickerson), A.  (2002).  Just whose side is God on?  British Journalism Review, 13(4), pp. 41-50.