Isabelle joined King’s in September 2016. She previously worked as a lecturer in German and European Politics and Society at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies. 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. Isabelle did her undergraduate degree in Politics, French and Italian at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Isabelle's research interests include:
- National political parties in Europe.
- EU-level parties (‘Europarties’).
- British, French and German 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. Isabelle currently completes a research monograph on centre-left parties and the European Union in which she uses the Labour Party, the French Socialists and the German Social Democrats as her case studies for comparison.
Isabelle teaches on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, covering topics such as comparative politics, political analysis, Britain’s relationship with the EU, and research methods. In the past she has also taught modules on the European Union and on the welfare state in Europe.
Isabelle has supervised four PhD students to completion and would welcome applications in the following research areas:
- Political parties: organization, positions, strategies.
- EU-level politics (esp. in the European Parliament).
- European elections.
- British, 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).