Michael Higgins

Senior Lecturer

Personal Statement

Michael Higgins has taught and researched at the University of Strathclyde since 2007, having previously worked at Sunderland and Leeds.  He was formerly subject leader for Journalism and Creative Writing and is now Programme Director for the MLitt in Media and Communication.

Michael has published six books and more than fifty journal articles, reviews and book chapters.  He has also appeared as expert analyst on a variety of media, including Al-Jazeera News and BBC Radio 4's "Broadcasting House" and "Word of Mouth".

External posts include Visiting Professor in Political Communications at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome, as well as external examiner on programmes at the Universities of Cardiff, Liverpool and Nottingham.

Michael serves on the editorial boards of Communication Theory, Journal of Language and Politics and Journalism Education, as well as the advisory boards for the IB Taurus International Library of Gender and Popular Culture and LUISS's Centre for Media and Communication Studies "Massimo Baldini"

His research networks include the international Ross Priory Broadcast Talk Group and the Media and Politics Group of the Political Studies Association, of which he was co-convenor for a number of years.

Research Interests

- Politics and media

- Publicness and identity

- Incivility and offence in media

- Mediated populism

Teaching Interests

- Media and Communications (Masters programme)

- Journalism and Creative Writing (Undergraduate programme)

- Digital Journalism (Masters programme)

Academic / Professional qualifications

BA (Hons)





  1. Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

  2. Journal of Language and Politics (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial board member

  3. Trump's mediated populism: the gestural presidency

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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  1. Kate Adie Archive

    Project: Research

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