Britta McEwen

Britta McEwen, PhD

Britta McEwen, PhD
Associate Professor

Humanities Center 226

Britta McEwen

Dr. McEwen specializes in the cultural history of modern Central Europe. She is particularly interested in gender, memory, and representation, and has taught a number of classes that cross-list with the Women and Gender Studies department. Her current research focuses on unmarried mothers in Vienna, Austria during the fin-de-siècle, when high illegitimacy rates, combined with tragic child mortality numbers, provoked society-wide responses to the question of which children should be seen as wanted and “legitimate.”


PhD in History (2003), University of California, Los Angeles
MA in History (1998), University of California, Los Angeles
BA in Honors European Studies (1995), Scripps College, Claremont, California

Courses Taught

Creighton History Seminar 500: Memory and Trauma
Creighton History Seminar 417: Twentieth-Century Europe
Creighton History Seminar 415: Nineteenth-Century Europe
Creighton History Seminar 395: History of Sexuality
Creighton History Seminar 395: The Holocaust and History


Sexual Knowledge: Feeling, Fact, and Social Reform in Vienna, 1900-1934. New York: Berghahn Books, 2012.

Recent Articles

“Emotional Expression and the Construction of Heterosexuality: Hugo Bettauer’s Viennese Advice Columns,” resubmitted to The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Fall 2014 (in progress).

“A Home for Mothers in Vienna: Community and Crisis,” in Jason Coy, Ben Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven, Kinship and Community: Society and Culture in European History. New York: Berghahn Books, 2014, 89-106.

“Welfare and Eugenics: Julius Tandler’s Rassenhygienische Vision for Interwar Austria,” Austrian History Yearbook (Volume XVI 2010), 170-190.

“Purity Redefined: Catholic Attitudes Towards Children’s Sexual Education in Austria, 1920-1936,” in Roger Davidson and Lutz Sauertieg, Sharing Sexual Knowledge: A Cultural History of Sex Education in Twentieth Century Europe and North America, (London: Routledge, 2009), 161-175.


2014 Dietrich W. Botstiber Grant (Botsiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies)
2013 Creighton University “Iggy” Award for Freshman mentoring
2013 Creighton University Faculty Teaching Fellowship
2012 Creighton University President’s Faculty Research Grant