Public Sociology

Michael D. Higgins has just been elected President of Ireland. Michael D. is a very well-known character in Irish political life. Before his public career he was a lecturer in Sociology and Politics at NUI Galway (UCG as was), and before that he studied at Indiana. Maybe Fabio can dig up an archival photo. (He was also a visiting faculty member at Carbondale—there used to be a little pipeline of Irish sociologists to and from there.) In its pre-election profile, the Irish Times noted that while he was “widely liked and respected within politics” and that “his bohemian tinges should sit well with the current anti-establishment mood of the electorate” (Michael D. is also a poet), his weaknesses include “a tendency to ramble and speak too long and sometimes, to resort to sociological jargon”.

Written by Kieran

October 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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  1. A Google news search reveals that a scandal over Higgins’ time at IU – he has admitted to smoking weed. So maybe he doesn’t want his picture found…



    October 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

  2. A colleague of mine with whom I shared this told me guess what US president was a sociology major in college? This was after I said an atheist could get elected before a sociologist.

    Ronnie! Who knew?



    October 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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