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Joseph Phelan

Joseph Phelan, the features editor of Artcyclopedia, has a Ph.D from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Allan Bloom, the author of The Closing of the American Mind. He has worked as a summer intern for political philosopher and social critic Sydney Hook, as an archivist at the New York Public Library, and as Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Phelan currently teaches at the University of Maryland. He previously taught at the University of Toronto, the Catholic University of America, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Strayer University.

His articles and reviews have appeared in The Washington Times, The New Criterion, ArtCritical, The Canadian Review of Books, Courier, Toronto.com, and The Claremont Review. He is a contributing editor and writer for the award-winning multi-volume reference work American Decades: Primary Sources, for which he has written over sixty entries on the visual arts, literature, theatre, film, architecture, fashion, advertising and the media. This publication was an American Library Association Editor's Choice, named as one of the 20 best reference sources in 2004.

In the spring of 2004 he spent three months in Baghdad, Iraq working in the Office of the Senior Advisor of Higher Education at the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Joseph Phelan currently lives in Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at

An up-to-date list of Phelan's articles for Artcyclopedia can be found at the bottom of our most recent feature article.