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Robert J. Savage, Jr.

associate professor of the practice of history

Robert J. Savage, Jr.

Telephone: (617) 552-3966

Office Location: Connolly House, Irish Studies


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Boston College, 1992

Fields of Interest

Irish and British political and cultural history; film and the electronic media in Ireland and Britain; ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland; culture and nationalism in England, Scotland and Wales.

Academic Profile

Robert Savage is Associate Professor of the Practice of History and teaches Modern European, British and Irish history. He is the author of A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972, (winner of the 2010 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Best Book in History and Social Sciences from the American Conference for Irish Studies).

His other books include Sean Lemass: a biography (1999), Irish Television: the Political and Social Origins (1996) and Ireland in the New Century, Politics, Identity and Culture (editor and contributing author, 2003).

Manchester University Press/Palgrave Macmillan will publish his new monograph The BBC’s Irish Troubles in 2015. He served as a director of the Boston College Irish Studies Program from 1995 to 2010.

 Savage teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in European, Irish and British history including: Europe and the Atlantic World, A Dis-United Kingdom? Culture and Nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1707-2014, Ireland Since the Famine, ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and Film, Media and Modern Ireland.

Representative Publications

  • A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972 (2010)
  • "'A Stranger Among Us': Edward Roth and the Establishment of Irish Television," in History Ireland (2010)
  • "Sean Lemass and the Advent of Irish Television," in The Age of Sean Lemass: Ireland 1945-1973 (2005)
  • Ireland in the New Century: Politics, Culture and Identity, editor and contributing author (2003)
  • "'The Soil of Ireland for the People of Ireland': The Politics of Land in Irish Visual Imagery 1850-1936," in Eire/Land (Boston College, 2003)
  • Sean Lemass: A Biography (1999)
  • "Constructing/Deconstructing the Image of Sean Lemass's Ireland: The Tear and the Smile," in Nationalism: Visions and Revisions (1999)
  • "Strongholds and Relics, Images of 'The Troubles,'" in Re/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Irish Women Artists (1997)
  • Irish Television: a Political and Social History (1996)