Carnegie Mellon University

Jay Roszman

Jay Roszman

Visiting Assistant Professor

  • Wean Hall 8116
  • 412-268-2917


Jay R. Roszman is a historian of Modern Britain and Ireland. His manuscript, Outrage in the Age of the Reform: Irish Agrarian Violence, Imperial Security, and British Governing Policy 1830-1845 traces the change in British governing policy in response to Irish agrarian violence and concerns about its impact on the security of the wider British empire. In so doing, the manuscript demonstrates how Ireland was central to the making of British political culture during its pivotal “Decade of Reform,” as well as the ways politicians connected developments in Ireland to other imperial spaces, such as Canada, the West Indies, and India. The manuscript builds off his doctoral dissertation, which was awarded the Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation from the American Conference of Irish Studies (ACIS). His research was also supported by grants from Carnegie Mellon and the inaugural Emmet Larkin Dissertation Fellowship bestowed by ACIS.

Dr. Roszman’s work has appeared in scholarly journals, such as The Historical Journal and Historical Research, as well as popular publications such as The Washington Post, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Radio, and Cambridge University Press’s Blog. He has presented his work at national and regional meetings of the American Conference for Irish Studies, the North American Conference for British Studies, and Nineteenth Century Interdisciplinary Studies. In the future, Jay is interested in exploring Daniel O’Connell’s evolving views on British imperial war and expansion.

Dr. Roszman has an abiding passion for teaching. He has offered courses on the history of Modern Ireland, Northern Ireland, the city of London, and the global history of the British Empire. During his graduate school career, he was awarded the Michael J. Goldman Award for Teaching Excellence from CMU’s History Department.

Prior to receiving his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in August 2015, Jay lived and studied in Belfast, earning an MA in Irish Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. He holds a BA from Gettysburg College in History and Political Science, where he spent a semester in England, in a program connected with University College, Oxford based in Bath.


Ph.D.: Carnegie Mellon University, 2015


  • “’Ireland as a weapon of warfare’: Whigs, Tories, and the Problem of Irish Outrages, 1835 to 1839’, The Historical Journal, forthcoming in print, doi: S0018246X16000467
  • ““The curious history of ‘Irish outrages’ – Irish agrarian violence and collective insecurity, 1761-1852’, Historical Research, forthcoming (accepted for publication).

Courses Taught

  • Modern Ireland
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
  • Northern Ireland: Past & Present

Department Member Since: 2014