Dr Michael Higgins

Senior Lecturer

Journalism, Media and Communication

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 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 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.

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

MLitt

PhD

Publications

The convenient ambiguity of 'tone' : style and the politics of witnessing in Kate Adie’s reporting of the Dunblane tragedy
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
Journalism Vol 13, pp. 1083-1097 (2012)
https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884911433252
Celtic connections : reading the roots of Biden and Trump
Higgins Michael, Eshleman Russ
US Election Analysis 2020 Media, Voters and the Campaign (2020) (2020)
Tough guys and little rocket men : @RealDonaldTrump's Twitter feed and the normalisation of banal masculinity
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
Social Semiotics Vol 30, pp. 547-562 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2020.1763657
The Language of Journalism : A Multi-Genre Analysis
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
(2020)
Political masculinities and Brexit : men of war
Higgins Michael
Journal of Language and Politics Vol 19, pp. 89-106 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.19090.hig
The mediated communication of gender and sexuality in contemporary politics : from equality of representation to the re-emergence of the masculine
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
Journal of Language and Politics Vol 19 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1075/jlp.19097.smi

More publications

Teaching

- Media and Communications (Programme Leader, Masters programme)

- Journalism, Media and Communication (Undergraduate programme)

- Digital Journalism (Masters programme)

Research interests

- Politics and media

- Publicness and identity

- Incivility and offence in media

- Mediated populism

Professional activities

Critical Studies in Media Communication (Journal)
Peer reviewer
3/2021
Expertise and gender in times of populism: a study of government communications of COVID in Scotland and England
Speaker
4/2/2021
Facebook turns 17: How has Facebook changed the way we live and interact in Scotland?
Recipient
4/2/2021
2020 US Presidential Elections: Panel Discussion
Speaker
13/1/2021
Brexit a pandemie posilují skotské nacionalisty. Nové referendum však brzy nebude
Interviewee
29/9/2020
Culture e Studi del Sociale-CuSSoc (Journal)
Peer reviewer
7/2020

More professional activities

Projects

Kate Adie Archive
Higgins, Michael (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2009 - 31-Jan-2011

More projects

Address

Journalism, Media and Communication
Lord Hope Building

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