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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kerstin Susanne Jobst, Privatdoz. M.A. (Department of East European History): She is a professor of East European History at the University of Vienna, Austria. She has published numerous essays and chapters on Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian History as well as on the Crimea and the Black Sea. She is the author of "Geschichte der Ukraine" (2010), and "Die Perle des Imperiums. Der russische Krim-Diskurs im Zarenreich" (2007). 

E-mail: kerstin.susanne.jobst@univie.ac.at


Doz. Mag. Dr. Maria Mesner

(Department of Contemporary History). She is Senior Lecturer and has published numerous articles on the history of reproduction in Europe as well as in the US, the history of women's movements, family and gender policies in Austria after 1945. She has edited (with Gudrun Wolfgruber) the volume "The Policies of Reproduction at the Turn to the 21st Century. The Cases of Finland , Portugal , Romania , Russia , Austria , and the US" (2006) and is the author of "Geburten/Kontrolle. Reproduktionspolitik im 20. Jahrhundert" (2010) and (with Johanna Gehmacher) "Land der Söhne. Geschlechterverhältnisse in der Zweiten Republik" (2007).

E-Mail: maria.mesner@univie.ac.at 


Further faculty:

Assistant Prof. Dr. Birgitta Bader-Zaar (Department of History): Her research has focussed on the history of suffrage, especially women’s suffrage (in Austria and in a comparative view in Europe and the United States). Further research and teaching interests include the legal and constitutional history of Europe and North America, the history of slavery (especially slave narratives) and lately migration, specifically the legal status of foreigners in the „long“ 19th century (book project).

Doz. Dr. Irene Bandhauer-Schöffmann (Department of Contemporary History): She has published on Austrian women’s and gender history of the 20th and 19 centuries, including the topics: catholic and bourgeois women’s movement, gendered politics during the Dollfuss-Schuschnigg-Era, female students, business women, hunger and women’s every day lives after WWII, terrorism and the radical left in the 1970s.

Prof. Dr. Franz X. Eder (Department of Economic and Social History): He has published in various fields of social, economic and cultural history, such as family and labour organisation, consumption and sexuality; he is interested in quantitative methods, discourse analysis and digital history. Most of his research and teachings concern questions of gender relations and gender specific life courses. Special interest is in queer and gendered categories and identities in the history of sexuality.

Prof. Dr. Josef Ehmer (Department of Economic and Social History): He has published widely in various fields of comparative social history, such as family and marriage patterns, labour and labour migration, artisans and guilds, ageing and old age, and historical demography. In relation to women and gender history his major interests concern gendered life course patterns and labour markets, women and gender relations as agents of demographic change, and the dimension of gender in generational relations.

Associate Prof. Dr. Johanna Gehmacher (Department of Contemporary History): Her teaching and research interests include theoretical and empirical perspectives on nationalism and gender; contemporary history as women’s and gender history; auto/biography; politics and gender; and youth cultures and youth organisations in the 20th century.   

Prof. Dr. Gabriella Hauch (Department of History):  Her main research and teaching interests are the history of gender relations since the French Revolution. She published widely in the fields of women’s and gender history, the European Revolution 1848, (gendered) political culture in democratic and non-democratic systems in 19th and 20th century and auto/biography.

Associate Prof. Dr. Christa Hämmerle (Department of History): Her research as well as her academic teaching focus on social history and women´s and gender history of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially military history and war as well as auto/biographical cultures. She is a founder and co-editor of "L'Homme. Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft" and director of the archive "Sammlung Frauennachlässe". Her current projects incluce a study on "Universal Conscription between Acceptance and Refusal: The Military and Masculinities in the Austrian Empire, 1868-1914/18" and "Language and Memory in Women´s Diaries of the 20th Century".

Prof. Dr. Maria-Christina Lutter (Department of History): She has published widely in various fields of medieval and early modern cultural and gender history as well as Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. Her current research and teaching interests include the making of social and cultural communities across medieval religious, urban, and courtly cultures, as well as representations of gender, body and emotions in medieval and early modern Europe.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schmale (Department of History): His research interests within gender studies include the early modern and contemporary history of masculinities, the construction of Austrian masculinity after World War II and homosexualities. Other research topics are the history of European identity, the inter-cultural history of Europe, and “new media” and the historical sciences.

Assistant Prof. Dr. Iskra Schwarcz (Department of Eastern European History): Specializing in Russian history, her teaching and research interests include women’s history in medieval Russia, issues of women and power, as well as transformation processes and gender policies in Russia.

Doz. Dr. Dana Cerman- Štefanová (Department of History): Her main research areas are micro-history, historical anthropology, economic and social history as well as women’s and gender studies. Her dissertation dealt with “Inheritance practices, property and freedom of action in demesne lordship. The estate of Frýdlant 1558-1750”. Her current research is on European financial and banking history – a case study on the first private bank of the Habsburg Monarchy, the k. k. octroyierte Kommerzial-, Leih- und Wechselbank (1787-1830).

Prof. Dr. Sybille Steinbacher (Department of Contemporary History): Most recently she is author of Wie der Sex nach Deutschland kam about the role of sexuality in West Germany between the end of World War II and the early Seventies. She wrote monographs on the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau (published in German, English and other languages). In relation to women and gender history her major interests include the social history of prostitution during the 20th century and the role of women and gender relations for societal changes.

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