Ph.D., Michigan State University, American Studies
Professor Rohs' research interests involve subjects in 19th Century American culture, including the American Renaissance, immigration, race, ethnicity, and nationalism, music and theatrical performance, and class and urban studies. A second major area of interest is nature studies, from environmental history to nature writing. He is currently working on publishing his recently completed dissertation, Eccentric Nation: Irish Embodiment and Performance in Nineteenth-Century New York City.
Steve Rohs spoke at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House on his book Eccentric Nation on March 24, 2011. The presentation addressed the ways that Irish nationalism was created as a cultural phenomenon in New York in the nineteenth century, and was paired with an exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The talk was featured as part of a year-long series of nationwide events surrounding Irish arts in the U.S. entitled "Imagine Ireland."
Steve Rohs published (Sept. 2009) Eccentric Nation: Irish Performance in Nineteenth Century New York with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
In March 2008, Steve Rohs published "'Full of Proud Memories of the Past, on which Irishmen Love to Dwell': Irish Nationalist Performance and the Orange Riots of 1871" in a special issue of Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies that focused on the city.