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History Faculty

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


Department hosts NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014

History major Amy Freeman publishes article on Eastman Dental Dispensary in the D&C

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama interviewed by Yomuiri, Japan's major national newspaper.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been made a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.




The Robert Marcus lecture will be on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall.