BA, Syracuse University; MA, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Washington
Dr. Andrea Hickerson has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; 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. She joined the RIT faculty in 2009 when the journalism degree program officially launched.
Dr. Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.
In 2011 Dr. 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” (rise.rit.edu) 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.
In 2017, Dr. Hickerson participated in the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corp., which teaches university faculty how to bring research products to market.
Dr. Hickerson also engages in journalism practice. Her writings have appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle, City Newspaper and Slate.
Follow Dr. Hickerson on Twitter @aehickerson
- Law & Ethics of the Press
- The History of Journalism
- Reporting in Specialized Fields: Political Reporting
- Senior Projects