Andrew Gibbons is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and News Zealand Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD and BA (Hons) from the the University of Melbourne. His doctoral thesis examined media reporting of policy issues in Australian elections over the twenty-first century.
Andrew’s research focuses on political communication, elections, and promissory democracy. He is currently conducting a study of election pledges examining whether parties fulfil the promises they make during Australian election campaigns. His other research projects include examining the weaponisation of ‘fake news’ in Australian political discourse.
Andrew was previously a sessional lecturer in Australian Politics at the University of Melbourne. He has previously taught undergraduate and postgraduate subjects on campaigns and elections, strategic political communication, politics and the media, and social research methods. From 2013 to 2015, Andrew served as a research officer on the Australian Policy Agendas Project where he conducted research on legislative, media and policy agendas.
During the 2016 Australian election, Andrew was a research officer on the Vote Compass project—a collaborative partnership between the University of Melbourne and television broadcaster the ABC. The Vote Compass tool collected over a million survey responses during the 2016 campaign.
In his spare time, Andrew is an obsessive traveller who wants to explore the world. He enjoys hiking, landscape photography, live music and Mexican food.