Isabelle is interested in EU politics. Her current research focuses on how national political parties deal with the challenges of European integration and how the party federations at the European level ('Europarties') continue to develop into real parties.
M.A. (Magister Artium) Politics, French and Italian (Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
MA European Political and Administrative Studies (College of Europe, Bruges)
PhD University of London (Royal Holloway)
Before joining Birmingham in September 2011, Isabelle was a lecturer in European Studies and German at King’s College London. Her PhD, which she did at the University of London (Royal Holloway) analyses the Europeanization of social democratic party organizations with a focus on the British Labour Party, the French Socialist Party and the German Social Democratic Party.
Before moving to the UK, Isabelle lived in Belgium, where she did her MA (College of Europe, Bruges) and gained work experience as a lobbyist for a German welfare NGO in Brussels. Isabelle has a M.A. in Politics, French and Italian (Erlangen-Nürnberg) and speaks German, English, French, and Italian. She also knows a little bit of Spanish. In her free time she enjoys reading novels, practicing yoga, and making her own jewellery.
I currently co-supervise 3 PhD students:
Charlotte Galpin: 'Euro Crisis... Identity Crisis? The Single Currency and the Discursive Construction of European Identities in Germany, Ireland and Poland'. (with Dr. Tim Haughton)
Anne Gibney: 'Governing European Workforce Development. An analysis of policy integration in a multi-level governance'. (with Dr. David Bailey)
Josefin Graef: 'The Past is Present. Negotiating Notions of Europeanness in the European Union: An Analysis of Interperceptions of Right-wing Extremism in Germany.' (with Dr. Sara Jones)
The future of Social Democracy in Europe
The Europeanisation of party politics
German, British and French European policy
The development of party federations at European level (Europarties)
The politics of party membership
Lobbying the EU institutions
Isabelle is a member of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the International Association of the Study of German Politics (IASGP) and the German Studies Association (GSA).
Isabelle Hertner (forthcoming) 'Is it always up to the leadership? European policy-making in the Labour Party, the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD)'. Party Politics.
Isabelle Hertner (2011) 'Are European Election Campaigns Europeanised? The Case of the Party of European Socialists in 2009'. Government and Opposition, Vol.46, No.3, pp. 321-344.
Isabelle Hertner and James Sloam (2012) 'How Europe votes: the case of Germany'. In: Erol Kuelahci (ed.) How Europe votes. ECPR Press, pp. 35-49.
Isabelle Hertner and James Sloam (2012) 'The Europeanisation of Social Democracy: Politics without Policy?' In Henning Meyer and Jonathan Rutherford (eds.) The Future of European Social Democracy: Building the Good Society. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 27-38.