Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
B.A., College of William & Mary
Dr. Phelan has taught at the University of Michigan, Valparaiso University, and at the Maryland Institute College of Art. At the Mount, he has served on the Compensation Analysis Committee, and the Library Committee. He is also the University's Theological Bibliographer.
Areas of Study
Dr. Phelan works on Church History, History of Christianity and Medieval History. He specializes in the study of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
The Formation of Christian Europe: Baptism, the Carolingians, and the Imperium Christianum (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
Rome and Religion in the Medieval World: Studies in Honor of Thomas F.X. Noble, ed. with Valerie Garver (Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2014)
“Forging Traditional Liturgy: Exegesis, Mission, and Medieval Baptism” Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique 107:3-4 (2012) 830-862.
“The Nature of the Soul and the Importance of Reading: Zürich, Zentralbibliothek C64 and Christian Formation in Carolingian Europe” Viator 42:1 (2011) 1-23.
“Horizontal and Vertical Theologies: ‘Sacraments’ in the Works of Paschasius Radbertus and Ratramnus of Corbie” Harvard Theological Review 103:3 (2010) 271-289.
“Catechising the Wild: The Continuity and Innovation of Missionary Catechesis under the Carolingians” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61:3 (2010) 455-474.