Dr. Craig Phelan

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

Email: craig.phelan@ahss.habib.edu.pk

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

Dr. Phelan’s research focuses on labor issues worldwide. He also 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 preeminent 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 to Portugal, and from South Africa to Harvard.

Education

  • Ph.D., Economic History, Ohio State University, 1984
  • M.A., History, Ohio State University, 1980
  • B.A., History, Miami University, 1978

Books and Edited Books

  • Radical Unions in Europe and the Future of Collective Interest Representation
    Co-editor (with Heather Connolly and Lefteris Kretsos) and contributor
    (Oxford and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014), 261 pp. [ISBN: 978-3-0343-0803-8]
  • Trade Unions in West Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
    Sole editor and contributor
    (Oxford and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011), 288 pp. [ISBN: 978-3-0343-0117-6]
  • Trade Unionism since 1945: Towards a World History
    Sole editor and contributor
    (Oxford and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2009)
    Volume 1: Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 467 pp. [ISBN 978-3-03911-410-8]
    Volume 2: The Americas, Asia, and Australia, 364 pp. [ISBN 978-3-03911-950-9]
  • Trade Union Revitalisation: Trends and Prospects in 34 Countries
    Sole editor and contributor
    (Oxford and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2007), 582 pp. [ISBN: 978-3-03911-009-4]
  • The Future of Organised Labour: Global Perspectives
    Sole editor and contributor
    (Oxford and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006), 404 pp. [ISBN 3-03910-508-6]
  • Grand Master Workman: Terence Powderly and the Knights of Labor
    Nominated for the Philip Taft Prize as the best book in American labour history
    (Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 2000), 294 pp. [ISBN 0-313-30948-5]
  • Divided Loyalties: The Public and Private Life of Labor Leader John Mitchell
    Named by Choice as an ‘Outstanding Academic Book of the Year’
    (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994), 438 pp. [ISBN 0-7914-2087-6]
  • William Green: Biography of a Labor Leader
    (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989), 223 pp. [ISBN 0-88706-871-5]

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • Phelan, C. (2017), ‘The Revolution in Burkina Faso and Sankara’s War against the Trade Unions, 1983-1987’, Africana Studia 25 (December 2017, forthcoming).
  • Phelan, C. (2017), ‘When Visions Collide: Thomas Sankara, Trade Unions, and the Revolution in Burkina Faso, 1983-1987’, in Amber Murrey-Ndewa, editor, “A Certain Amount of Madness”: The Life, Philosophies, and Legacies of Thomas Sankara. London: Pluto, forthcoming, 2017.
  • Phelan, C. (2016), ‘Plus ça change: Trade unions, the military and politics in Burkina Faso, 1966 and 2014’, Labor History 57:1 (February): 107-25.
  • Phelan, C. (2014), ‘Trade Unions and “Responsible Participation”: Dahomey, 1958-1975’, Labor History 55:3 (August): 346-64.
  • Phelan, C. (2014), ‘The Future of European Unions: Radical Prospects?’ in H. Connolly, L. Kretsos and C. Phelan, editors, Radical Unions in Europe and the Future of Collective Interest Representation (Oxford and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2014), 1-29.
  • Phelan, C. (2011), ‘Trade Unions, Democratic Waves, and Structural Adjustment: The Case of Francophone West Africa’, Labor History 52:4 (November): 461-81.
  • Phelan, C. (2011), ‘India’s Workers and the Global Labour Pool’, Labor History 52: 4 (November): 533-37.
  • Phelan, C. (2011), ‘West African Trade Unionism Past and Present’, in C. Phelan, editor, Trade Unions in West Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang), 1-22.
  • Phelan, C. (2009), ‘Trade Unions and the European Union’s Democratic Deficit’, Labor History 50: 2 (May): 187-192.
  • Phelan, C. (2008), ‘The Long Decline of US Trade Unionism’, in C. Phelan, editor, Trade Unionism since 1945: Towards a World History (Oxford: Peter Lang), 311-339.
  • Phelan, C. (2007), ‘Worldwide Trends and Prospects for Trade Union Revitalisation’, in C. Phelan, editor, Trade Union Revitalisation: Trends and Prospects in 34 Countries (Oxford: Peter Lang), 11-38.
  • Phelan, C. (2006), ‘Political Economy: Divergence and Convergence between the US and Europe’, in John Baylis and Jon Roper, editors, The United States and Europe: Beyond the Neo-Conservative Divide? (London: Routledge), 175-92.
  • Phelan, C. (2006), ‘The Future of Organised Labour’, in Craig Phelan, editor, The Future of Organised Labour: Global Perspectives (Oxford: Peter Lang), 11-36.
  • Phelan, C. (2006), ‘The Two Worlds of Skill, Capitalism and Welfare’, Labor History 47:3 (August).
  • Phelan, C. (2003), ‘Terence Powderly, the Knights of Labor, and the Great Upheaval’, in Keith Flett and David Renton, editors, New Approaches to Socialist History (London: New Clarion Press), 49-63.
  • Phelan, C. (1999), ‘The Warp of Fancy: The Knights of Labor and the Home Club Takeover Myth’, Labor History 40: 3 (August): 283-299.
  • Phelan, C. (1996), ‘John Mitchell and the Politics of the Trade Agreement’, in John H. M. Laslett, editor, A Model of Industrial Solidarity: The United Mine Workers of America (Pennsylvania State University Press), 72-103.
  • Phelan, C. (1996), ‘The Making of a Labor Leader: John Mitchell and the Anthracite Strike of 1900’, Pennsylvania History, 63: 1 (Winter): 53-77.
  • Phelan, C. (1993), ‘Samuel Gompers and the Problem of Industrialization’, in Donald Whisenhunt, editor, American Portraits: History through Biography (New York:Kendall), 43-53.
  • Phelan, C. (1988), The Unceasing Struggle: A Chronology of Ohio Labor History (Columbus: Ohio Historical Society), 48 pp.
  • Phelan, C. (1987), ‘William Green and the Ideal of Christian Cooperation’, in Melvyn Dubofsky and Warren Van Tine, editors, Labor Leaders in America (Urbana: University of Illinois Press), 134-159.
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