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Dr. Owen S. Ireland

Distinguished Teaching Professor

Chair, History Department

Office: 324 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5627


  • Early American History


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., St. Michael's College, University of Toronto

Awards and Honors

  •  Gilder-Lehrman Research Fellowship, 2000.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, 1985-1986.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Project Director, training grant, September 1982.
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1974.
  • N.S.F. Institutional Grant, 1974.
  • SUNY Research Foundation Summer Grant, 1969,1971, 1973.
  • Queen Award for Excellence in Teaching History, 1988.

Courses Taught

  • American History Survey
  • American Revolution
  • History of American Politics
  • Sex, Sin, and Sorority



  • Religion, Ethnicity, and Politics: Ratifying the Constitution in Pennsylvania (Penn State Press, 1995).
  • Pennsylvania and the Bill of Rights, Pennsylvania Historical Association, 1990, co-author with Roland Baumann and Roger Henderson


  • "Esther DeBerdt Reed and Female Politial Subjectivity in Revollutionary Pennsylvania," Chapter 8 in William Pencak,ed., Pennsylvania's Revolution (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2010), pp. 168-191.
  • "The Invention of American Democracy: The Pennsylvania Federalists and The New Republic," Pennsylvania History 67 (Winter, 2000), 161-171.
  • "Bucks County, Pennsylvania and The Coming of the American Revolution," The American Revolution in Backcountry Pennsylvania , John Frantz and William Pencak, eds., Penn State University Press, 1998.
  • "The Crux of Politics: Religion & Party in Pennsylvania, 1778-1789," William & Mary Quarterly, XLII (October, 1985).
  • "The Ethnic-Religious Dimension of Pennsylvania Politics, 1778-1779," William & Mary Quarterly, XXX (July, 1973), 423-448.
  • "Germans Against Abolition: A Minority's View of Slavery in Revolutionary Pennsylvania," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, III (1973), 685-706.
  • "Teaching Colonial History: A Proposal," The History Teacher IV (1971), 14-18.
  •   "Esther DeBerdt Reed and Female Political Subjectivity in Revollutionary Pennsylvania," Chapter 8 in William Pencak, ed,  Pennsylvania's Revolution (University Park, Pa: Penn State University Press, 2010), pp.168-191.

Distinguished Teaching Professor

Chair, History Department

Office: 146 Albert W. Brown Building
Phone: 585.395.5627

Last Updated 7/31/14


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).