Research Profile

Jay Roszman


I was born in Shelburne, Vermont. Some of my earliest childhood memories are visiting the Shelburne Museum to run along the decks of the last steamship to navigate Lake Champlain – the Ticonderoga. I attended Gettysburg College in the hopes of studying the Civil War, only to realise that people who studied the Civil War took things a little too seriously for me – including dressing up and reenacting on a weekly basis. Eventually, I landed on double majoring in political science and history. By chance I decided to study abroad in Bath, England and took a course on Irish Nationalism taught by the son of a mixed-marriage Ulsterman. That course would radically change my life as I became increasingly interested in the complexity and political urgency of Ireland's history. 

I spent a year at Queen's University Belfast working on an MA in Irish Studies – a deeply formative period where this island's past further enveloped me into its webs of paradox and contradiction. After taking two years to work as a community organiser in Burlington Vermont, I entered graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University to work toward my PhD under the supervision of David W. Miller. My dissertation began as a project interested in exploring the characteristics of agrarian violence in pre-Famine Ireland and slowly evolved into a story about the relationship between violence and British state policy immediately preceding the Famine. The dissertation earned the Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation from the American Conference of Irish Studies (2015) and my teaching earned the Michael J. Goldman Award for Teaching Excellence, an annual prize awarded to the best graduate student teaching from the History Department at CMU. I find time in the classroom the most rewarding part of my job, and it sustains me during the solitary aspects of research and writing.

My family and I moved to Cork in August 2018. I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking, opportunities to travel, and the occasional concert.

My experience of living has animated for me some of the most compelling aspects of our craft – the ways in which contingency, human agency, and large structural forces intersect to make our own complex microcosms and the wider worlds we inhabit.

Research Interests

My first monograph Outrage in the Age of Reform: Irish Agrarian Violence, Imperial Insecurity, and British Governing Policy, 1830-1845 will be released with Cambridge University Press. It is a re-examination of the so-called 'decade of reform' that demonstrates how Ireland – especially Irish agrarian violence – shaped British political culture in previously unappreciated ways. 

I am currently writing an article that explores the relationship between Irish nationalism in the Age of O'Connell and its relationship to global humanitarian efforts, such as anti-slavery, and British imperial entanglements in the 1830s and 1840s. 

Additionally, I am co-editor with Dr Heather Laird (UCC, School of English) of the forthcoming Dwellings in Nineteenth-Century, an edited collection arising from the Society for Nineteenth Century Ireland's 2021 conference held at UCC.


Peer Reviewed Journals

(2018)'The curious history of Irish 'outrages': Irish agrarian violence and collective insecurity, 1761-1852'
Roszman, JR (2018) 'The curious history of Irish 'outrages': Irish agrarian violence and collective insecurity, 1761-1852'. Historical Research, 91 :481-504 [DOI] [Details]
Roszman, JR (2017) 'IRELAND AS A WEAPON OF WARFARE': WHIGS, TORIES, AND THE PROBLEM OF IRISH OUTRAGES, 1835 TO 1839'. Historical Journal, 60 :971-995 [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018William B Neenan Visiting Fellowship Boston College Dublin
2015Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertations American Conference of Irish Studies
2015Michael J. Goldman Award for Teaching Excellence Carnegie Mellon University
2012Emmet Larkin Dissertation Fellowship American Conference of Irish Studies

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
American Conference of Irish Studies Member/
American Historical Association Member/
Irish Association of Professional Historians Member/
North American Conference of British Studies Member/
Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland Committee Member/


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland Treasurer2019 /


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer13-AUG-18 /
Carnegie Mellon University Visiting Assistant Professor14-AUG-17 / 13-AUG-18


2015Carnegie Mellon University PhDHistory
2010Carnegie Mellon University MAHistory
2007Queen's University Belfast (QUB) MAIrish Studies
2006Gettysburg College BAHistory, Political Science

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach modules on aspects of Irish and British history during the long nineteenth century, including courses on Daniel O'Connell, Ireland and Empire, the Great Famine, and a seminar on the relationship between land and nationalism. 

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School of History

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Tyrconnell,Off College Road,Cork,Ireland.