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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


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

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"