Andrea Hickerson

Dean of the School of Journalism and New Media and Professor of Journalism

Andrea Hickerson


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 served as director of the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines with an emphasis on technology use. She is part of an interdisciplinary team building a deepfake video detection tool for journalists that has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Knight Foundation. She has been awarded over $1 million in external research awards.

 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.


B.A. Journalism, Syracuse University Main Campus (2001)

M.A. Journalism, University of Texas at Austin (2003)

Ph.D. Communications, University of Washington (2009)