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Christopher Phelps

Associate Professor of American History, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

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 involves the topics of American capitalism, ideas of strikes, and sexuality at midcentury.

Expertise Summary

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

Television appearances include CNN International, Sky News, Deutsche Welle, and Al Jazeera.

Radio appearances include BBC Radio 4 ("The World at One"), BBC World Service ("Newshour"), ​BBC Radio 2 ("The Chris Evans Show"), Bloomberg Radio ("First Word Europe"), and LBC ("The Nick Ferrari Show").

Quoted in The New York Times, In These Times, InsideHigherEd.com, The Nottingham Post, and other print media.

Teaching Summary

Autumn 2015

  • History of American Capitalism (Level 2, Q42301)
  • American Labor History (Level 3, Q43340; M.A., Q44340)

Spring 2015

  • Research leave

Selected Publications

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