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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: Stokes Hall, Room S349


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Boston College,

MA, University College, Dublin

BA, Boston College

Fields of Interest

Irish and British political and cultural history; film and broadcast media in Ireland and the United Kingdom; ‘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 at Boston College. 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). His new monograph, The BBC’s Irish Troubles: television, conflict and Northern Ireland, is in production with Manchester University Press: it will be published in the spring of 2015. He is currently co-editing a special edition of the journal Éire/Ireland with Christopher Morash at Trinity College, Dublin and revising his short biography of Sean Lemass for University College Dublin Press.

Savage served as one of the directors of the Boston College Irish Studies Program from 1995 to 2010. He has been awarded Visiting Professorships at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin  (2012) and at the University of Edinburgh (2007) where he held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. He has also been awarded Visiting Professorships at the National University of Ireland, Galway where he held More Institute Fellowship (2013) and an Irish Studies Visiting Professorship (2004). 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

  • The BBC’s Irish Troubles: television, conflict and Northern Ireland (forthcoming 2015)
  • A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972 (2010)
  • Ireland in the New Century: Politics, Culture and Identity, editor and contributing author (2003)
  • Sean Lemass: A  Biography (1999)
  • Irish Television: a Political and Social History (1996)