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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

Selected Research Output 2002 2018

2 Citations

The convenient ambiguity of 'tone': style and the politics of witnessing in Kate Adie’s reporting of the Dunblane tragedy

Smith, A. & Higgins, M. Nov 2012 In : Journalism. 13, 8, p. 1083-1097 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bearings (structural)

Activities 2000 2018

Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory (Journal)

Higgins, M. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Journal peer review

Journal of Language and Politics (Journal)

Higgins, M. (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial board member