Dr. Craig Phelan

Interim Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences /
Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies

Dr. Phelan completed his Ph.D. and Masters in Economic History and History respectively, from Ohio State University, he also completed his Bachelors in history from Miami University. Dr. Phelan’s research focuses on labor issues worldwide. He has research interests in globalization, migration, and transnational social movements. Most recently, he has written about Benin and Burkina Faso, and is now researching labor in Mali. As editor of Labor History, the pre-eminent academic journal in his field, he is in a unique position to network with other scholars worldwide. This has led to numerous invitations to speak at conferences from Moscow, Portugal, South Africa and Harvard etc.

He has taught History from a comparative and interdisciplinary approach for many years. His courses encourage students to transcend disciplinary boundaries and view historical developments from a global perspective. He uses historical essays, religious texts, and philosophical writings in his courses on World History, Globalization, Modern Africa, the Middle East, Global Slavery, and the USA in Global Perspective. His courses take a thematic approach, looking for commonalities and highlighting both integration and diversity, which has made his courses popular, attracting students from a variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is an enthusiastic and dynamic teacher who will go to great lengths to assist any student who shows an interest in learning.