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I am a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities. I hold a combined BA/MA in History and French from the Universities of Tübingen (Germany) and Aix-en-Provence (France) and have obtained my PhD from the University of Portsmouth. After a two-year spell as a post-doctoral researcher at the German Historical Institute in Paris I joined the University of Westminster in 2011. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching

  • 3HIST001W History, Memory and Belonging
  • 4HIST002W Rule Britannia. Researching Britain and the Empire 1750-1914 
  • 5HIST001W Democracy and Dictatorship
  • 6HIST010W New World Order: International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
  • 6HIST001W History Dissertation
  • Contributions to various other modules.

Research

Research interests

My research is focused on the history of European integration and international organisations more broadly. I am interested in exploring the historical origins and longer-term developments of EU policies as well as the emergence of international administrations such as the High Authority and the European Commission. I am also interested in biographical and prosopographical research, in particular of transnational civil servants and actors. I am happy to supervise PhD students in any of the above or related areas. 

I am part of the international team of historians writing the third volume of the official European Commission history entitled 'The European Commission, 1986-2000: History and Memories', due to be published in 2019. The project is funded by the European Commission. My chapters focus on the Common Agricultural Policy, the Common Fisheries Policy and the European Public Health Policy. I also contributed to the second volume, covering period 1973-1986 (published in 2014). 

My interest in biographical studies has resulted in numerous research outputs. More recently I have written a chapter on German Christian-Democrats in the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community and Euratom for a book project funded and coordinated by the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, to be published in 2019. 

I am currently working on a biography on the transatlantic civil servant and economist Miriam Camps.

Finally, I will be able to combine my research interest with my teaching in a textbook I am currently writing on the history of European integration entitled 'Reinventing Europe: The History of the European Union 1945-2018' (co-authored with Dr Brigitte Leucht, under contract with Bloomsbury). 

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.