Christopher Phelps is a historian of modern American political and intellectual life. Born near Washington, D.C., he has taught at universities in five countries: Britain, the United States, Poland, Hungary, and Canada. He is author of the intellectual biography Young Sidney Hook (Cornell, 1997; 2d ed., Michigan, 2005) and Radicals in America (Cambridge, 2015), a comprehensive history of the American left since the Second World War co-authored with Howard Brick.
His articles have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Journal of American Studies, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and other journals, and in such popular outlets as The Financial Times, Times Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, CNN.com, and Salon.
In addition to several awards for excellence in historical and political writing, Phelps has received two Fulbright fellowships and research grants from the New York Public Library, the Huntington Library, and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan.
His current research agenda primarily centers on the left and sexuality in the twentieth century.
Available for comment on most U.S.-related news events and items, particularly regarding these topics:
- American politics and elections
- Radicalism, protest, social movements
- Race and racism
- History of American capitalism
- Labor, class, and strikes
- History of sexuality
- American intellectual and cultural history
- American pragmatism and philosophy
Media appearances include the following. Television: CNN International, BBC World News, Sky News, Deutsche Welle, France 24, Al Jazeera. Radio: BBC Radio 4 ("The World at One," "In Our Time"), BBC World Service ("Newshour"), BBC Radio 2 ("The Chris Evans Show"), BBC 5 Live ("Afternoon Edition"), BBC Radio Scotland ("Good Morning Scotland"), Bloomberg Radio ("First Word Europe"), LBC ("The Nick Ferrari Show," "The Andrew Castle Show"). Newsprint and internet media: quoted in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, InsideHigherEd, and other news providers.
- American Labor History (Level 3, Q43340; M.A., Q44340)
- American Radicalism (Level 2, Q42322)
- Sexuality in American History (Level 3, Q43533; M.A., Q44353)
Episodically offered in past and future years:
- History of American Capitalism (Level 2, Q42301)
PHELPS, C., 2019. The Communist Party. In: TAKAYOSHI, I., ed., American Literature in Transition: The 1930s. Cambridge University Press.
PHELPS, C., 2017. The Sexuality of Malcolm X. Journal of American Studies.