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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 where he teaches Irish, British and European History. His new monograph, The BBC’s Irish Troubles: television, conflict and Northern Ireland, is in production with Manchester University Press and will be published in the spring of 2015. He is also the author of A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972, 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). He is currently co-editing a special edition of the journal Éire/Ireland with Christopher Morash, 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 Fellowships at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin  (2012) and at the University of Edinburgh (2007) where he held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. At the National University of Ireland, Galway he was awarded a More Institute Fellowship (2013) and an Irish Studies Visiting Fellowship (2004).

Representative Publications

  • The BBC’s Irish Troubles: television, conflict and Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2015)
  • “Film, broadcast media and modern Ireland” in Oxford Handbook to Modern Irish History edited by Alvin Jackson (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • ‘Capturing Change and Creating Controversy in 1960s IrelandAssociação Brasileira de Estudos Irlandeses (The Journal of Irish Studies in Brazil, 2013).
  • A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972 (Manchester University Press, 2010) winner of the 2010 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Best Book in History and Social Sciences from the American Conference for Irish Studies). /offices/pubaf/news/2011/savage_book_award04062011.html
  • ‘Sean Lemass and the Advent of Irish Television’ in The Age of Sean Lemass: Ireland 1945-1973 edited by Briand Girvin and Gary Murphy (University College Dublin Press, 2005).
  • Ireland in the New Century: Politics, Culture and Identity, editor and contributing author (Four Courts Press, 2003).
  • Constructing/deconstructing the Image of Sean Lemass' Ireland, in Ireland in the New Century: Politics, Culture and Identity edited by Robert Savage (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2003).
  • Sean Lemass: a biography (Historical Association of Ireland, 1999).
  • Irish Television: a Political and Social History (Cork University Press, Greenwood Press, 1996).