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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.
He has published six books and more than sixty peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. Michael 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 Bloomsbury International Library of Gender and Popular Culture and LUISS's Centre for Media and Communication Studies "Massimo Baldini".
Michael will consider applications from new research students in political communications, mediated populism and the representation of politics and gender.
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.
- Politics and media
- Publicness and identity
- Incivility and offence in media
- Mediated populism
- Media and Communications (Programme Leader, Masters programme)
- Journalism, Media and Communication (Undergraduate programme)
- Digital Journalism (Masters programme)
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The convenient ambiguity of 'tone': style and the politics of witnessing in Kate Adie’s reporting of the Dunblane tragedySmith, A. & Higgins, M., Nov 2012, In: Journalism. 13, 8, p. 1083-1097 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Higgins, M., 1 Jul 2022, (Accepted/In press) A Gossip Politic. McDonnell, A. & Silver, A. (eds.). [S.I.]
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter