Dr Andrew Gibbons is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD and BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Andrew’s research focuses on the intersection between elections, media, public policy and political communication. Advanced democracies around world are facing threats to the integrity of their elections. The viral spread of misinformation, political polarisation, and election interference are undermining citizens’ trust in media and politics. Andrew’s research examines how politicians and the media communicate policy ideas during elections. It considers the broader impact of their communications on election debates, policy outcomes, and public trust in political institutions. His research examines how media and political communication can shape public policy debates, decisions, and outcomes. His research has been published in high-impact and quartile one journals, including the International Journal of Communication, Journal of European Social Policy, Journalism Studies, and the Australian Journal of Political Science.
Prior to joining the Clark Center in 2018, Andrew was a lecturer in Australian Politics at the University of Melbourne. He has taught a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects on public policy, political communication and research methods. From 2013 to 2015, Andrew served as a research officer on the Australian Policy Agendas Project where he conducted research on policy agendas. He is continuing this work on policy agendas at The University of Texas at Austin.