Britta McEwen '95

Location: Nebraska
Major(s) and Minor(s): European Studies major; French minor
Thesis title and/or topic/description: “Municipal Housing in Red Vienna, 1919-1934”

What have you done since graduation?

Returned to Portland OR to teach high-school reading and social studies to students transitioning out of juvie detention and towards a "straight life"; came to UCLA for a doctoral program in History; did a Fulbright year in Austria for my dissertation research; received my PhD in 2003; moved to Omaha NE to teach in the History department at Creighton University; got tenure last year. Here is information on my book!

How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?

Although I was not technically a History major, my classes in History at Scripps were the most mind-expanding and the most fun.  I remember being in an incredibly challenging writing seminar that helped me complete my two-term thesis, as well as a class entirely devoted to the French revolution in which I actually sewed Phrygian caps for my classmates and we wrote our own (bruising) final exam.  The fun I had in my History classes at Scripps is what I try to recreate in my own classrooms today.

Are you available to speak to current students or alumnae?

I would be very happy to talk to just about anyone about my amazing experiences at Scripps. And may I just say, I think there was something about the era or women’s education in general that encouraged all my friends to achieve their dreams, no matter how impractical they were. My cohort has done astounding things since graduation!

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