David W. Miller

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D.: University of Chicago, 1968
Department Member Since: 1967


Dr. Miller researches Irish social history, primarily between 1760 and 1870. He is currently at work on a book on Irish Christianity in the North of Ireland during the famine era, 1829-1869.

This study embraces both interpretive approaches to religious ideas and institutions and quantitative approaches to religious behavior and to the sources of conflict in mid-nineteenth century Ireland, especially the massive changes in class structure associated with the Famine of the 1840s.

Miller also serves as coordinator of Carnegie Mellon University's minor in religious studies.

selected Publications

“Ulster Evangelicalism and American Culture Wars.” In Radharc: A Journal of Irish and Irish-American Studies vols. 5-7 (2004-06): 197-215.
“Varieties of Irish Evangelicalism,” in Field Day Review 3 (2007): 215-223.
(with Leonard J. Hochberg) “Modernization and Inequality in Pre-Famine Ireland: An Exploratory Spatial Analysis,” in Social Science History 31,1 (Spring, 2007) 35-60.
“Religious Commotions in the Scottish Diaspora: A Transatlantic Perspective on ‘Evangelicalism’ in a Mainline Denomination,” in David Wilson and Mark G. Spencer, eds., Ulster Presbyterianism in the Atlantic World: Religion, Politics and Identity (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), 22-38.
“Landscape and Religious Practice: A Study of Mass Attendance in Pre-Famine Ireland,” in Éire-Ireland xl (Nos. 1&2, spring/summer, 2005), 90-106.
“Did Ulster Presbyterians have a Devotional Revolution?” in James Murphy, ed., Evangelicals and Catholics in Nineteenth-century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 38-54.
“Religious History,” in L. Geary and M. Kelleher, eds., Nineteenth-century Ireland: A Guide to Recent Research (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2005), 61-76.
“The Origins of the Orange Order in County Armagh,” A.J. Hughes, William Nolan, eds., Armagh: History and Society (Dublin: Geography Publications, 2001), 563-608.
“Irish Christianity and Revolution,” in Jim Smyth, ed., Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Union, Ireland in the 1790s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 195-210.
“Mass Attendance in Ireland in 1834,” in Piety and Power in Ireland 1760-1960: Essays in Honour of Emmet Larkin, eds. S.J. Brown and David W. Miller (Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, 2000).
“Irish Presbyterians and the Great Famine,” in Luxury and Austerity, eds. Jacqueline Hill and Colm Lennon (Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 1999), 165-181.
“Politicization in Revolutionary Ireland: The Case of the Armagh Troubles,” Irish Economic and Social History, XXIII (1996), 1-17.
“Non-professional Soldiery, c. 1600-1800,” in A Military History of Ireland, eds. Thomas Bartlett and Keith Jeffrey. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 315-334.
[principal developer] The Great American History Machine, an interactive atlas of U.S. History (The ePress Project, 1994).
“The Armagh Troubles, 1784-1795,” in Irish Peasants: Violence and Political Unrest, 1780-1914, eds. James Donnelly and Sam Clark (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983), 155-191.
Queen's Rebels: Ulster Loyalism in Historical Perspective. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, Ltd., 1978. Reissued, with an introduction by John Bew, in 2007 by University College Dublin Press in their series 'Classics of Irish History.'
“Presbyterianism and 'Modernization' in Ulster,” Past & Present 80 (August, 1978): 66-90.
Church, State and Nation in Ireland, 1898-1921. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1973.

Courses Taught

Early Christianity
Advanced Studies in History
Freshman Seminar: Religious Origins of the Culture Wars
Irish History
Religion in American Society

Contact Info

Department of History
Baker Hall 240
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