Former members

Mechthild Roos

mechthildMechthild Roos is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Luxembourg. She holds an MA in European Contemporary History from the same university, and a BA in History and German Linguistics from the Technical University of Dresden. In her research, she studies the formalisation of initially informal procedures in the European Parliament, and the evolution of its powers and competences prior to its first direct elections in 1979, with a special focus on the Parliament’s role in Community social policy. She holds a graduate scholarship from the German Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, and is a Jean Monnet Guest Scholar at Canterbury Christ Church University, in that role mainly working on EU foreign policy, UK-EU relations, and EU social policy.


Vladimir Bortun

Vladimir BoVladimir Bortun photortun obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (2008) and then a Master’s Degree (2010) in philosophy at the University of Bucharest, and a Master’s Degree in European Studies (2014) at the University of Portsmouth. Currently, he is a second-year PhD researcher with the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth. His research project is on the transnational networking and cooperation among new left parties in Southern Europe since the start of the eurozone crisis, namely Syriza (Greece), Bloco (Portugal) and Podemos (Spain). His research interests include left parties in the EU, party transnational cooperation, history of European integration, left-wing Euroscepticism, history of socialist regimes in Eastern Europe. For the last two years, he has been covering lectures and seminars on some of these subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Quentin Jouan

Quentin JouanQuentin Jouan is research fellow of the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) and holds a master degree in history and in public administration. Since October 2013, he is conducting a doctoral research at the University of Louvain (Belgium), where he studies the Europeanization of Belgian and German trade unions (1972-1985). The goal of his research is to understand how national unions reacted to the development and extension of a European political system (i.e. the EEC) and, more specifically, how they – as national actors – thought of, used and got involved in this European layer. He has served on the HEIRS steering committee from 2015 until 2017.


Koen van Zon

Koen van ZonKoen van Zon is a doctoral researcher at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He holds a research master degree from the same university. In his PhD-project, started in 2012, he investigates two representative bodies of the European Community in the 1950s and 1960s: the European Parliament (as a representative of European citizens) and the European Economic and Social Committee (and its forerunner, the Consultative Committee, as representatives of a European civil society). His project aims to elucidate ideas these early European representatives had about representative democracy and political legitimacy on a European level. He has been active in the HEIRS steering committee from 2014 until 2017.


Aurélie Andry

Aurélie AndryAurélie Andry is a PhD candidate in the department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence. She holds a BA in History and an MA in European Studies from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her main field of expertise is contemporary European and transnational history, with a focus on the evolution of ‘Social Europe’, EU social policy and political economy, industrial relations and European democracy. She is also interested in the relationship between history and the social sciences. Her research on ‘European Social Policy. Influences, actors and debates in the European Parliament, 1968-1990’ is a new attempt to retrace the evolution of ideas underlying the European integration process.


Sylwia Bobryk

Sylwia BobrykSylwia Bobryk is a PhD student at the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She completed an International Masters Degree Programme in European Studies (IMPREST) and was awarded master degrees from the University of Portsmouth and from the Jagiellonian University in Poland. Her PhD project, started in October 2012, is a study of how narratives of the past were constructed in history textbooks by powerful groups in Polish society in the period 1989-2009.


Matthew Broad

Matthew BroadMatthew Broad is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Reading, where he gained his PhD in 2012 and was in 2013 a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Turku, Finland. He was a member of the HEIRS steering committee from 2008 until 2013. His principal areas of research interest are in post-1945 British (specifically Labour) politics, British foreign policy, Anglo-Scandinavian relations and European integration. Building on his AHRC-funded doctoral thesis, his current work examines the interplay between the domestic and transnational dimensions of British foreign policy-making in the ‘long’ 1960s, especially how the British Labour party formed its European policy amid the complex web of national interests and international contact with similar parties across national borders. A number of articles and chapters relating to these themes have either already been published, are currently in print or are under consideration with relevant journals. Over the previous five years he taught at the universities of Reading, Gloucestershire and Aarhus.


Billy Davies

Bill DaviesBill Davies is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society in American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington DC. Born and raised in London, UK, he has taught previously at King’s College London, where he completed his undergraduate degree (European Studies and German) and doctoral thesis. He served on the HEIRS steering committee from 2004 to 2009. His current research examines European Union’s legal system, critically reviewing the development of the constitutional law in the EU from a historical point of view. The hope is to contribute to a original and empirically accurate narrative of the emergence of the European constitutional system and to answer the question of how the controversial consolidation of power at the European level has been received in the EU’s member states. In 2012 Bill published his book Resisting the ECJ: Germany’s Confrontation with European Law, 1949-1979 with Cambridge University Press. He also has published several articles on the importance of EU legal history and the reception of the European Court of Justice by Member States in the past few years. A survey of these may be found in the special issue of Contemporary European History, 21, 3, August 2012.


Brigitte Leucht

Brigitte LeuchtBrigitte Leucht is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a combined BA/MA (Mag. phil.) degree in History and English from the University of Vienna and a Master of Arts degree in History from New York University, which she completed under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. Brigitte wrote her PhD thesis on “Transatlantic policy networks and the formation of core Europe” at the University of Portsmouth. She served on the HEIRS steering committee from 2004-2009. She held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford and the University of Copenhagen and taught at a number of institutions including the London School of Economics, the University of Westminster and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva). Her publications include: (with Mel Marquis) ‘American influences on EEC competition law: Two paths, how much dependence?’, in: Kiran Patel and Heike Schweitzer (eds.), The Evolution of EU Competition Law in a Legal and in a Historical Perspective, (2013); (with W. Kaiser and M. Gehler) Transnational Networks in Regional Integration: Governing Europe 1945-83 (2010); and (with W. Kaiser and M. Rasmussen) The History of the European Union: Origins of a Trans- and Supranational Polity, 1950-72, (2009).


Tobias Reckling

Tobias RecklingTobias Reckling studied Modern History, Political Science and Sociology at the Free University of Berlin, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the Complutense University of Madrid (combined BA/MA). After receiving his degree in 2008 from the Free University Berlin he worked for the German Historical Museum and the Museum of Film and Television in Berlin. In 2009 he started his PhD at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth. In his project he examines the role of foreign correspondents in Francoist Spain. Tobias was a member of the HEIRS steering committee from 2010 to 2013. Since 2013 he is employed by the University of Vienna. Besides publishing on subjects related to his PhD Tobias also co-authored various articles on the construction of memory in Spanish history museums which have been published in British (Journal for Contemporary Iberian Studies) and German (Berliner Debatte Initial, Museumskunde) journals. He also co-edited, together with the organizers of the 8th HEIRS conference, Manuel Müller and Andreas Weiss, a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Research on Communicating European Integration: A historical perspective (February 2014).


Christian Salm

Christian SalmChristian Salm holds a Magister Artium/M.A. (equivalent to combined BA/MA) degree in Contemporary History, Political Science and Philosophy from the Humboldt University Berlin (2007). He received his PhD from the University of Portsmouth (2013) with a thesis entitled ‘Transnational Socialist Networks in the 1970s: The Cases of European Community Development Aid and Southern Enlargement’. Christian was a member of the HEIRS steering committee from 2008 until 2013. He currently works on a post-doctoral project on the role of political parties, trade unions and business associations in the diffusion of European political ideas, policies and institutional patterns to the emerging Mercosur. Recent publications related to his PhD thesis are: ‘„Come Together“: Transnationale Geschichtsschreibung und politikwissenschaftliche Netzwerkforschung am Beispiel politischer Parteien und europäischer Integration‘, in: Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für soziale Bewegungen (2013); ‘Shaping European Community Development Policy? Socialist Parties as mediators from the international to the European level’, in: Wolfram Kaiser/Jan-Henrik Meyer (eds.), Societal Actors in European integration: Polity-Building and Policy-Making 1958-1992 (2013); Die Sozialistische Fraktion, das Europäische Parlament und die Entwicklungshilfepolitik der Europäischen Gemeinschaft, in: Journal of European Integration History, (2011); Regional or Global? Political Networks of Socialist Parties in European Community Development Policy, in: Comparativ – Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung (2010).


Katja Seidel

Katja SeidelKatja Seidel is a Lecturer in History at the University of Westminster. She holds an undergraduate degree in History and French (combined BA/MA) from the Universities of Tuebingen and Aix-en-Provence (2002) and received her PhD from the University of Portsmouth in 2008. Katja was a member of the HEIRS steering committee from 2005 to 2010. Her research interests include the history of the European Commission, the origins and development of European policies (such as competition policy and the common agricultural policy) and prosopographical studies of European elites. Her recent publications are: The Process of Politics in Europe: The Rise of European Elites and Supranational Institutions (2010); (ed. with Matthieu Osmond et al) Europeanisation in the 20th Century: The Historical Lens/ Pour une lecture historique de l’européanisation au XXe siècle (2012); (with Lorenzo Pace) ‘The Drafting and the Role of Regulation 17: A Hard-Fought Compromise’, in: Kiran Klaus Patel, Heike Schweitzer (eds.), The Historical Foundations of EU Competition Law, (2013).


Aline Sierp

Aline SierpAline Sierp is currently a Lecturer in European Studies at Maastricht University (NL). She holds a PhD in Comparative European Politics and History from the University of Siena (IT) and a joint Master’s degree in European Studies awarded by the University of Bath (UK), the University of Siena (IT) and Sciences Po Paris (FR). Before joining the University of Maastricht Aline Sierp worked as researcher at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (DE). Her monograph ‘History, Memory and Transeuropean Identity: Unifying Divisions’ investigating the nexus between national and European memory politics will be published with Routledge in 2014. A Special Issue of Patterns of Prejudice on the impact of the current crisis on different memory frameworks will appear in 2015. Aline has been active in the HEIRS steering committee from 2010 until 2013.