Dr Jay Roszman (UCC), ‘The Irish Face of British Politics: Irish agrarian violence, ultra-Tories, and the end of Whig government, 1835-1841’
Dr Jay Roszman lectures in History at University College Cork. After completing the MA in Irish Studies at QUB he completed his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of David W. Miller. His dissertation began as a project interested in exploring the characteristics of agrarian violence in pre-Famine Ireland and slowly evolved into a story about the relationship between violence and British state policy immediately preceding the Famine. The dissertation earned the Adele Dalsimer Prize from the American Conference of Irish Studies (2015), and he took up his current post at UCC in 2018. His first monograph Outrage in the Age of Reform: Irish Agrarian Violence, Imperial Insecurity, and British Governing Policy, 1830-1845 (Cambridge University Press, 2022) is a re-examination of the so-called 'decade of reform' that demonstrates how Ireland – especially Irish agrarian violence – shaped British political culture in previously unappreciated ways. His next project will explore the relationship between the British Empire and the constituent Queen's Colleges c. 1845-1921, and he is writing an article that explores the relationship between Irish nationalism in the age of O'Connell, global humanitarian efforts, such as anti-slavery, and British imperial entanglements in the 1830s and 1840s.
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