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Biography

Isabelle researches party politics in Germany, Britain, France, and at the European Union level. She is the director of King’s Centre for German Transnational Relations. Isabelle joined King’s in September 2016, having previously worked as a lecturer in German and European Politics and Society at the University of Birmingham. She was also the deputy director of Birmingham’s Institute for German Studies (IGS). Isabelle holds a PhD in European politics from Royal Holloway (University of London) and a MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. She did her undergraduate degree in Politics, French and Italian at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and spent a year studying at Sciences Po Bordeaux.

Research

Isabelle’s research is comparative in nature and draws primarily on qualitative methods, such as ethnography (interviews, surveys, participant observation).

Isabelle’s research interests include:

  • Party organisations (intra-party democracy and the power of members)
  • Party policy (on the EU, immigration)
  • Party discourse (on gender, immigration)
  • Party strategy (campaigning)
  • Social Democracy and the European Union
  • Far-right parties and toxic masculinity
  • EU-level parties (‘Europarties’) and their organisational and ideological development
  • The politics of Brexit
  • German and French EU politics

Isabelle’s research cuts across EU-level and national politics. She is an expert on political parties at the national and European levels. In 2018 she published her research monograph Centre-left parties and the European Union (Manchester University Press) in which she compared how the Labour Party, the French Socialists and the German Social Democrats deal with the challenges of EU membership. She has since published journal articles on Europarties and their individual members; on toxic masculinity inside political parties; and on the immigration policies and discourses of Germany’s CDU/CSU during Angela Merkel’s chancellorship.

Isabelle is currently co-editing the 10th edition of Politics UK (Routledge, forthcoming 2021), for which she has also written a chapter on Gender and British Politics.

Teaching

Isabelle currently teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules, currently covering topics such as British Politics, Comparative European Politics, and European Gender Politics.

In the past she has also taught modules on Britain and the European Union, Political Analysis, Research Methods, and the Welfare State in Europe.

PhD Supervisions

Isabelle has supervised five PhD students to completion and would welcome applications in the following research areas:

  • Political parties in Europe: organisation, policies, discourses, strategies
  • Gender and the far-right
  • The politics of Brexit
  • The European Parliament: elections, internal politics and policies
  • Europarties
  • German and French politics

Expertise and public engagement

Isabelle has appeared live on Sky News to speak about German elections and British EU politics.

Isabelle has also given an interview on BBC 4. In addition, she has written pieces for The Conversation on German politics, the LSE’s Brexit blog and the PSA’s Political Insight blog (on the British Labour Party).