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.


BA (Hons)




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 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)
The Mediated Communication of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Politics
Higgins Michael, Smith Angela
Journal of Language and Politics Vol 19 (2020)
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)

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

Brexit a pandemie posilují skotské nacionalisty. Nové referendum však brzy nebude
Culture e Studi del Sociale-CuSSoc (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Populism (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Miriam von Schantz
Poetics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
La BBC inaugura un nuevo canal en Escocia entre críticas a su tratamiento informativo

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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