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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 particularly welcomes applications from new research students in political communications, mediated populism and the representation of politics and gender.

He has published six books and more than fifty 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 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)



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Projects 2009 2011

Research Output 2002 2019

Political masculinities and Brexit: men of war

Higgins, M., 1 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Language and Politics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
political culture

Political offensiveness in the mediated public sphere: the performative play of alignments

Higgins, M., Montgomery, M. & Smith, A., 14 Aug 2019, Media and the Politics of Offence. Graefer, A. (ed.). Basingstoke

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social media
political elite

Activities 2000 2019

Poetics (Journal)

Michael Higgins (Peer reviewer)
May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

La BBC inaugura un nuevo canal en Escocia entre críticas a su tratamiento informativo

Michael Higgins (Recipient)
24 Feb 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation