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Master of Communication '23
Scripps College of Communication
Ohio University


Before Ohio


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About Andrew

Andrew Mackey is a first-generation college student who has navigated diverse professional roles while overcoming personal and societal obstacles. Diagnosed with Parkinson's at 32, he redirected his focus toward higher education, graduating from The Ohio State University during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twice a candidate for public office he has been a leader and organizer in political organizations since 2002. He applied his digital media skills at his parish, later joining the Diocese of Columbus digital media team and the Catholic Conference of Ohio as an Associate Director. Later, he returned to The Ohio State University as a staff member and started his graduate program at Ohio University. He contributes to research at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and expects to graduate from his Master's program in August 2023.

Researching crisis, communication, and security through the lens of leadership studies.

Andrew Mackey (MCOMM, Ohio University '23) is a Communications Specialist with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University.


His academic and professional pursuits sit at the intersection of communication studies and security studies.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge and expertise, Andrew seeks to understand and illuminate the complex dynamics that shape international relations, public perception, and policymaking in the 21st century. Currently, his research is particularly focused on the rhetoric employed in the nuclear posture of the Russian government following the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. His investigation delves into the potent interplay of language, policy, and perception in the high-stakes arena of global nuclear strategy.


Through his research, Andrew aims to unravel the intricacies of strategic communication and misinformation in this context, offering fresh insights that could prove instrumental in enhancing understanding, shaping policies, and ultimately promoting a safer, more informed world.

Summer 2021-22:

  • COMM 5011 Crisis Communication Seminar

  • COMM 5320 Social Analytics in Crisis Communication

Fall 2022-23:

  • COMM 5300 Crisis Communication & Planning

  • COMM 5310 Crisis Communication Strategy

  • COMM 6000 Intro to Grad Research

Spring 2022-23:

  • COMM 5510 Short Form Video for Professional Communication

  • COMM 5520 Motion Graphics Elements for Professional Communication

  • COMM 5800 Strategic Communication Fundamentals

Summer 2022-23:

  • COMM 6960 Graduate Capstone


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