David Higgins completed his combined Ph.D. in English and American Studies at Indiana University. David earned his B.A. in English and History (with honors) at the University of Southern California. He is a specialist in 20th century American history and literature with a focus on science fiction and popular culture. His research explores imperial fantasy during the Cold War period and beyond.

David serves as the science fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and as an associate editor for the Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts. His article "Toward a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction," published in the June 2011 issue of American Literature, won the 2012 SFRA Pioneer Award for outstanding essay-length work of the year.

David has published in a number of journals, including:

His work has appeared in edited volumes, including

David co-edited a special issue of Science Fiction Studies on "Science Fiction and Globalization" published in 2012. He is a division head for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), where he reviews conference proposals and organizes presentation sessions for the Science Fiction division. He has served as a judge for the SFRA Pioneer Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.

At Inver Hills, David teaches composition and literature courses. He serves as campus coordinator for the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Program, and is the director of the Inver Hills Learning Communities program.