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 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.


BA (Hons)




Political offensiveness in the mediated public sphere : the performative play of alignments
Higgins Michael, Montgomery Martin, Smith Angela
Media and the Politics of Offence (2019) (2019)
Teaching journalism to media students
Higgins Michael, Smith Angela
2019 Swedish Association of Media and Communication Studies (FSMK) Annual Conference (2019)
The Donald : media, celebrity, authenticity, and accountability
Higgins Michael
Trump's Media War (2018) (2018)
Impending crisis in Scotland : political discourse in interesting times
Higgins Michael
Crisis Talk in the Media (2018) (2018)
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 Politics (2017) (2017)

more publications


- 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

Poetics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
La BBC inaugura un nuevo canal en Escocia entre críticas a su tratamiento informativo
Friends reunited
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Reality TV inquiry
Facts, opinions and the quality of public debate
Anger at jobs axe as STV shuts channel

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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