Dr Charlotte Galpin

Dr Charlotte Galpin

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Associate Professor in German and European Politics

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Charlotte Galpin is Associate Professor in German and European Politics. Her research lies at the intersection of political science, sociology and media and communication studies, with a particular interest in the European public sphere, European and national identities, and EU citizenship. More recently, she is analysing gendered patterns of inclusion/exclusion in European debates. She has a particular area focus on Germany and the UK.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • PGCHE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Birmingham)
  • PhD Political Science and International Studies (Birmingham)
  • MA European Integration (Birmingham)
  • BA (Hons) French and German Studies (Warwick)


Charlotte Galpin joined the department in May 2017 and became Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in August 2021. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a teaching fellow at the University of Bath. She completed her PhD at the Institute for German Studies, POLSIS, in 2014.

In autumn term 2019/20 she held the Alfred Grosser Visiting Professorship in Civil Society Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Free University Berlin, and the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

Dr Galpin has presented her research internationally and has provided analysis of German politics for a number of news outlets, including Associated Press, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio West Midlands, Deutsche Welle, Business Insider UK, the i newspaper, and the Huffington Post. She has also given evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

She speaks German (advanced), French (advanced), Polish (intermediate), and Danish (beginner). 


Dr Galpin is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE). She also holds a SEDA Learning, Teaching and Assessing Award (2020).

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Galpin is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • European identities
  • European Public Sphere
  • Euroscepticism
  • The role of Germany and/or Britain in Europe
  • Brexit
  • Media representation including social media
  • Gender and feminist approaches to the above


Dr Galpin's research focuses on a number of areas:

  • The European public sphere, particularly media representation and the impact of social media
  • European and national identities and their relationship to EU citizenship, legitimacy and transnational democracy
  • Masculinities and gendered patterns of inclusion/exclusion in the public sphere
  • Intersectional feminist theory and critical feminist methodologies

She has a particular area focus on Germany and the UK.

Current Funded Projects

Dr Galpin is working on a number of funded research projects. 

  • She is currently working on her second monograph, provisionally entitled ‘‘Gendering Europe: British national identity from EEC accession to EU secession”. This project will be supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship between September 2022 and September 2023.
  • She is Co-Investigator on the major research project ‘Post-Socialist Britain: Memory, Representation and Political Identity amongst German and Polish Immigrants in the UK’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (2021-24). The PI by Professor Sara Jones (Modern Languages), and the second CI is Dr Jenny Wüstenberg (Nottingham Trent). The project explores the connection between collective memory and political identity in the process of migration, focusing specifically on two countries with experience of state socialist rule, Germany and Poland. The project will also have a strong impact dimension, working with policy-makers, immigrant communities, arts communities, and professional and community associations.  
  • She is a Co-Investigator on ‘Futures of German Diasporas’ (2022-23), an interdisciplinary visiting scholar programme funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
  • She is the Principle Investigator on the project ‘At the digital margins? Researching and communicating marginalisation in online political engagement’ (Spring 2022), funded by Research England’s QR Enhancing Research and Knowledge Exchange Funding Programme.

Past Projects

  • Co-Investigator on the two-year project “Shifting Constellations: Germany and Global (Dis)Order” (January 2019 - December 2020, extended to 2021), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Other activities

The Post-Truth Politics research network runs the Post-Truth Politics Podcast. Dr Galpin has recently hosted two episodes, the first of which focuses on intersectional approaches to post-truth in conversation with Dr Muireann O’Dwyer.



  • Galpin, C. (2017), The Euro Crisis and European Identities: Political and Media Discourse in Germany, Ireland and Poland (New Perspectives in German Political Studies), Palgrave Macmillan

Edited Books 

  • (co-edited with Conrad, M., Hálfdánarson, G., Michailidou, A., & Pyrhönen, N.), Europe in the Age of Post-Truth Politics - Populism, Disinformation and the Public Sphere (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology), Palgrave Macmillan (2022)

Journal articles

  • Galpin, C. (2015), ‘Chronology: The European Union in 2014’, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53, Annual Review, pp. 230-236 

Book Chapters 

  • Galpin, C. (2022) ‘Brexit and Social Movements’ in della Porta, McAdam & Snow (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, 2nd edition 
  • Galpin, C. & Eckert, C. (2022), ‘Theresa May’s Leadership in Brexit Negotiations: Self-Representation and Media Evaluations’ In Müller, Henriette & Tömmel, Ingeborg (eds), Women and Leadership in the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 213-230 
  • Galpin, C. (2021), ‘Britain and the European Union’ in Jones, Bill, Norton, Philip and Hertner, Isabelle (eds), Politics UK,10th edition, Routledge 
  • Galpin, C. & Trenz, H. J.  (2018), ‘The Spiral of Euroscepticism: Media Negativity, Framing and Opposition to the EU’ in: Caiani, Manuela and Guerra, Simona, Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe: European Democracy, the Media and New Eurosceptic and Critical Movements in Time of Crisis, Palgrave Macmillan: Houndsmills 

Working Papers 

Policy Briefs

• (Galpin, C. & Vernon, P.), ‘Post-truth politics as online abuse: how gender, race, and sexuality shape perceptions of the expert’, May 2023

•  (Galpin, C., Jones, S., Kogut, N. & Rohe, M.), ‘Report: Support for Displaced Ukrainians in the UK - History and Stereotypes’, March 2023


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  • European Union
  • Germany and German politics
  • British politics / Brexit
  • Euroscepticism and identity

Languages and other information

Charlotte Galpin also speaks German (advanced), French (advanced), Polish (intermediate), and Danish (beginner). 

Media experience

Charlotte Galpin has provided analysis of German politics for a number of news outlets, including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio West Midlands, Associated Press, Deutsche Welle, Business Insider UK, the i newspaper and the Huffington Post. 


Charlotte’s research is concerned with European identities, EU citizenship, Euroscepticism and the European public sphere. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the media and EU legitimacy.