Ireland, Owen

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Professor Emeritus


  • 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


  • Books
    • 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
  • Articles
    • "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.

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