Isabel’s first academic appointment was as Sir James Knott Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She then spent a year as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies before moving to Birmingham.
Together with Jonathan Webber, Isabel co-convened the 5th European Association for Jewish Studies Summer Colloquium, Teaching the Holocaust in Higher Education in Europe (held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2003). In 2005 Isabel served as President of the British Association for Jewish Studies organizing its annual conference on Women in the Jewish World: Myth and Reality, Yesterday and Today (held in Birmingham). In 2015 she was president of the British Association for Holocaust Studies organizing its annual conference on Another time, Another place? Challenges in Commemorating, Teaching and Researching the Holocaust 70 Years On (held in Birmingham).
In 2013, together with Rose Whyman (Drama and Theatre Studies), Isabel coordinated a series of well-attended and well-received events marking the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in the UK under the auspices of Saving Humans for the University’s Institute for Advanced Studies. This included a week of blogs, a half-day workshop on The Kindertransport in History and Memory and a professionally-directed student production of the play Kindertransport including a Q&A session with the playwright Diane Samuels on the opening night.
Isabel was a member of the Member of the Home Office’s Holocaust Memorial Day Strategic Vision Group (2002-2005) and is currently a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum. Laxton, Nottinghamshire. She is co-convenor of Mosaic: The Birmingham Society for Jewish Studies (with Charlotte Hempel) which hosts an annual programme of public lectures and short series of adult education lectures in the evening. All Mosaic events are open to staff and students of the University of Birmingham.