Dr Michael Higgins

Senior Lecturer

Journalism, Media and Communication

Personal statement

Michael Higgins has taught and undertaken research at the University of Strathclyde since 2007, having previously worked at Sunderland and Trinity and All Saints.  At Strathclyde, Michael has been subject leader for Journalism and is now Programme Director for the MLitt in Media and Communication.

Michael has published six books and more than seventy peer-reviewed 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".  He currently sits on the panel of judges for The Press Awards.

External academic posts have included 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 Bloomsbury International Library of Gender and Popular Culture and LUISS's Centre for Media and Communication Studies "Massimo Baldini"

Michael's current research students look across the areas of political communications, political engagement on social media, and the representation of politics and gender.

His own 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)
Mask communication : the development of the face covering as a semiotic resource through government public health posters in England and Wales
Smith Angela, Higgins Michael
Discourse, Context & Media Vol 50 (2022)
Emergent Twitter publics through political scandal : an example from the Covid-19 Crisis in the UK
Rathnayake Chamil, Higgins Michael, Smith Angela
Journal of Language and Politics (2022)
Talk as news on television
Higgins Michael
A Gossip Politic (2022) (2022)
Election coverage
Higgins Michael
The Sage Encyclopedia of Journalism (2022) (2022)
Mute force and ignorance : incivility and gender in Scotland
Higgins Michael, Smith Angela
Political Quarterly Vol 93, pp. 46-53 (2022)

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

Judge, Press Awards
Internal examiner on PhD
External examiner on PhD
External examiner on PhD
External examiner on PhD
Sage Open (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


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

More projects


Journalism, Media and Communication
Lord Hope

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