Brigitte Leucht
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    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

I am keen to supervise PhD students in the field of international history and politics focusing in particular on: transatlantic relations; Europe; and international organisations.

Personal profile


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2015, bringing with me teaching experience across a wide range of (European) international politics and history subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Austria (Vienna), Switzerland (Geneva Graduate Institute), Denmark (Copenhagen) and the UK (London School of Economics, University of Westminster, University of Oxford, and Brunel University). 

I strongly believe in creating synergies between research and teaching and I am using my disciplinary training as a historian and my keen interest in politics and law to inform modules including Rethinking Nazi Germany and Transitional Justice, offered to a range of undergraduate programmes.

My networks are both international and interdisciplinary. My research on the social, market and legal dimensions of European integration requires the dialogue with political scientists, sociologists, and lawyers. From April to September 2022, I was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt. Previously, I have held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford (2009-11), and I was an Associate Professor in Economic History at the University of Copenhagen (2013-15).

Research Interests

The focus of my research is the European Union including its external relations, and transatlantic relations in particular. I am part of a group of historians who have successfully promoted methodological innovation to arrive at a less state-centric account of European integration, specifically through the engagement with trans- and supranational approaches from the social sciences.

Crucially, I am also contributing to the ongoing re-evaluation of the place of Britain, the EU and Europe in the world at this critical political juncture epitomized by challenges to the rule of law, increasing attention to the persevering structures of coloniality, and the urgency of climate change.

Internally, this includes in particular my co-leading of the research group Decolonising Spaces (since 2022). 

Externally, I am collaborating with colleagues at the University of Oslo in the project Beyond European legal integration (since 2022).

My historical research on legal market creation has also led to a collaborative project with law professors Catherine Barnard and Albertina Albors-Llorens (Cambridge University). Our edited book Cassis de Dijon. 40 Years On was published by Hart in 2021.

My project 'Of alcohol and identity: Consumers and the creation of the EC common market, 1979-1992' was funded through a British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant (2020-23) and resulted in a special journal issue edited with Liesbeth van de Grift (Utrecht), Koen van Zon (Maastricht) and Martin Conway (Oxford) on ‘The Social History of European Integration’ (under review). 

Finally, I have co-edited and co-authored, with Katja Seidel (University of Westminster) and Laurent Warlouzet (Sorbonne University), the textbook: Reinventing Europe: The History of the European Union, from 1945 to the present (2023). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Transatlantic policy networks and the formation of core Europe, University of Portsmouth

1 Nov 200331 Mar 2008

Award Date: 16 Jun 2008

MA, History, New York University

1 Sept 199831 May 2000

Award Date: 31 May 2000

MA, Combined BA/MA History and English, University of Vienna

1 Oct 199231 Jan 1998

Award Date: 31 Jan 1998

External positions

Associate Professor in Economic History, University of Copenhagen

1 Sept 201331 Aug 2015

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Copenhagen

1 Jan 201331 Aug 2013

Visiting lecturer, The London School of Economics and Political Science

1 Oct 201130 Jun 2012

Visiting lecturer, University of Westminster

1 Oct 201131 Dec 2012

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Oxford

1 Sept 200931 Aug 2011

Visiting lecturer, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

1 Sept 200831 Aug 2009


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