Robert Savage

Telephone: (617) 552-3966
Office Location:
 Stokes South, Room 349

Curriculum Vitae

Fields of Interest

Irish and British political and cultural history; the history of film and the electronic media in Ireland and Britain; ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

Academic Profile

Robert Savage is Professor of the Practice of History at Boston College where he teaches Irish, British and European History. He is the author of The BBC’s Irish Troubles: Television, Conflict and Northern Ireland (2015), A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society 1960-1972 (2010), Sean Lemass: a biography (1999 revised and expanded edition 2014),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 writing a chapter on film and the broadcast media for the four volume Cambridge History of Ireland edited by Thomas Bartlett.

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, 2015)
  • Sean Lemass, (University College Dublin Press, 2014).
  • “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 Ireland’ Associação 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. 
  • ‘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, 1996).


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