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Dr Brigitte Leucht

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in German and European Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6144
  • Email: brigitte.leucht@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have taught widely across European studies and history subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Austria (Vienna), Switzerland (IHEID, Geneva), Denmark (Copenhagen) and the UK (London School of Economics, University of Westminster, University of Oxford and Brunel University).

I have also held postdoctoral fellowships at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and at the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate and teach on a range of under- and postgraduate units in German and European Studies.

I am also the personal tutor for undergraduate German Studies students and supervise a number of undergraduate dissertation students with varying topics (including, for example, the Blitzkrieg, Germany’s coming to terms with its National Socialist past and the impact of Polish migration on the UK labour market). 


The focus of my research is European integration from a transnational, a transatlantic and a long-term perspective. I am interested in how the European Union and its institutional predecessors have changed contemporary Europe over time. An essential dimension of my research focuses on German history and politics.

I am currently working on a number of projects, all of which feature and interdisciplinary approach and multi-lateral archival research.

  • First I am completing the monograph The Transatlantic Origins of European Competition Policy, which explores how and why the traditionally protectionist economies of Western Europe embraced market liberalization by agreeing on common competition rules, first in 1951 in the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community.
  • Second, I am investigating the role of European case law in the launch of the single market program of 1986. This research is part of the collaborative research project “Towards a New History of European Public Law” at the University of Copenhagen.
  • It has moreover resulted, third, in a project proposing that the success of the European Community’s single market program can only be understood by exploring its societal dimension. This project is part of the Faculty research project “Transnational Civil Society”.
  • Finally, I am putting my years of experience in researching and teaching European integration history to use by co-authoring with Katja Seidel (University of Westminster) the textbook The History of the European Union: Reinventing Europe, 1945-2015 (under contract at Bloomsbury). 

Research profile

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