Meet the team

All members of the European Studies team are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR).  CEISR is a major interdisciplinary centre for research on Europe and the wider world: examining human cultures, conflicts, diasporas and inter-relations, past and present.

Professor Wolfram Kaiser (Professor of European Studies)

wolframWolfram Kaiser’s main research interests are in contemporary European history and politics, especially European integration. His latest book, “Making the Rules for Europe: Experts, Cartels, International Organizations” (Palgrave 2014, with J. Schot), de-centres the EU by taking a long-term approach to analysing European integration since the middle of the nineteenth century. In “Exhibiting Europe in Museums. Transnational Networks, Collections, Narratives, and Representations” (Berghahn 2014, with S. Krankenhagen and K. Poehls), he discusses if and how history museums become more transnational and/or Europeanized. His earlier monograph, “Christian Democracy and the Origins of European Union” (CUP 2007) addresses the role of transnational party elite networks in European integration in long-term historical perspective. Wolfram Kaiser also has broader interests in the processes of Europeanisation and globalisation in historical perspective and the history of international relations, especially the political culture of internationalisation. He has authored and edited many books and articles for journals, including Comparativ, Contemporary British History, Contemporary European History, Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, Historical Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of European Integration History, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Modern History, and Revue d’histoire diplomatique.

Dr. Karen Heard-Lauréote (Jean Monnet Chair)

karen_hlDr Karen Heard-Laureote is a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration. Her main expertise lies in transnational networks and their role in and impact on European integration. Karen is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF). Karen is also a Trustee and Co-Opted Member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Executive Committee and member of the UACES Teaching and Impact Working Group. Through this role, Karen is involved in the defence and promotion of the European Studies field in higher education, with a primary focus on the United Kingdom. Karen is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), Teaching and Learning section.

Mr. Mike Mannin (Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam)

SONY DSCMike Mannin’s research interests are in the fields of Europeanisation theory and British – EU relations. He has taught and researched in Comparative and Italian politics and EU Regional Policy and the Economic and Monetary Union. He was previously at Liverpool John Moores University, School of Politics, as Director of the European Studies program and was Visiting Fellow at the Centre of European Studies, NYU, and Université de Lyon, Lumiere 2. He is currently the Chair of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe here at Portsmouth. His most recent publication (2013) is the edited volume The Europeanisation of European Politics (with C. Bretherton).


Dr. Carine Germond (Marie Curie Fellow)

SONY DSCCarine Germond’s main research and teaching interests lie in the field of Contemporary/Modern History and European Studies. Her core research areas are comparative and transnational history of the 20th century and European (integration) History. She joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2012 as a Marie Curie Fellow for two year for research. Her research project focuses on the role and influence of organized farm interests to explore and explain the striking lack of reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) prior to 1992. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Maastricht University (the Netherlands) where she has been teaching in the BA and MA European Studies Programmes since 2009.

Dr. Anna Syngellakis (Jean Monnet Chair 1999-2012)

anna_slDr. Anna Syngellakis was appointed in 1990 under the Jean Monnet Initiative of the European Commission to promote teaching on European Integration. Her teaching interests are therefore focused on the evolution, institutions, policies and law of the European Union. She also offers a final year optional unit on Protecting the Environment in Europe. She has been involved in the administration of the European Studies degree since its inception as admissions tutor, course leader and co-ordinator. Her research interests are in international and European Community environmental law and policy. Email:

Dr. Paul Flenley

SONY DSCDr. Paul Flenley is Principal Lecturer in Politics and Subject Area Leader for Politics and International Relations. His main research interests are in the areas of Russian Foreign Policy – particularly Russia-EU relations; Russian nationalism and national identity, the Russian Revolution and early development of the Soviet state. He has published a range of articles and book chapters on Russian labour history, Russia and the West, the Russian media, Russia and NATO. Paul’s most recent publications have centred on Russia-EU relations and the EU, Russia and cooperation in the Black Sea area. He regularly contributes reviews to a wide range of journals on the above topics and is an editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. Email: