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.

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"

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.


BA (Hons)




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)
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)
The Language of Journalism : A Multi-Genre Analysis
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
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)
Political masculinities and Brexit : men of war
Higgins Michael
Journal of Language and Politics Vol 19, pp. 89-106 (2020)

More publications


- 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

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) roundtable
Gender and the demands for civility in uncivil times
From MOOC to Zoom in the teaching of journalism, media and journalism: opportunities and lessons
Critical Studies in Media Communication (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Expertise and gender in times of populism: a study of government communications of COVID in Scotland and England
Facebook turns 17: How has Facebook changed the way we live and interact in Scotland?

More professional activities


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

More projects


Journalism, Media and Communication
Lord Hope Building

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