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Dr 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.


Mediated populism, culture and media form
Higgins Michael
Palgrave Communications Vol 3, (2017)
Mediatisation and political language
Higgins Michael
The Routledge Handbook of Language and PoliticsThe Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics, (2017)
Scotland in the 2017 UK General Election
Higgins Michael
UK Election Analysis 2017UK Election Analysis 2017, (2017)
Flirtation, desire, and cut-glass biscuit barrels : forms of expertise in Antiques Road Trip
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
Discourse, Context & Media, (2016)
Remembrance of referendums past : Scotland in the campaign
Higgins Michael
EU Referendum Analysis 2016EU Referendum Analysis 2016, (2016)
The play of incivility in the media text
Higgins Michael
MKV Research Days 2015, (2015)

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- Media and Communications (Masters programme)

- Journalism and Creative Writing (Undergraduate programme)

- Digital Journalism (Masters programme)

Research interests

- Politics and media

- Publicness and identity

- Incivility and offence in media

- Mediated populism

Professional activities

Journal of Language and Politics (Journal)
Editorial board member
Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Trump's mediated populism: the gestural presidency
The Donald: a guide to pseudo-politics in America
Invited speaker
Coatbridge High School
Visiting lecturer
Broadcast Talk

more professional activities


Kate Adie Archive
Higgins, Michael (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2009 - 31-Aug-2011

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