Nicole Phelps is the author of U.S.-Habsburg Relations from 1815 to the Paris Peace Conference, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 (paperback 2015). Her current research project is on the US Consular Service, one of the long nineteenth century’s precursors to the US Foreign Service.
Prof. Phelps graduated summa cum laude with a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She received her MA and PhD in History from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in both American and modern European history. Her dissertation, “Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the New Liberal Order: US-Habsburg Relations and the Transformation of International Politics, 1880-1924,” won the Austrian Cultural Forum Dissertation Prize and the University of Minnesota’s Best Dissertation Prize in the Arts and Humanities and received an honorable mention for the Betty Unterberger Dissertation Prize awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Prof. Phelps’s intellectual interests focus on Europe and the United States from the 1860s through the 1920s and include the history of the State Department and the evolution and importance of the social and ceremonial aspects of diplomacy; the processes of state and nation building; transnational history, migration, and social networks; the construction of race and national identity; and the history of crime and law enforcement. At Vermont, she teaches classes in these areas, as well as in historical methodology, where she attempts to convince students of the glories of the Chicago Manual of Style.
She is actively involved with the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. As a graduate student, she worked for several years as the assistant editor of the Austrian History Yearbook and served as the graduate assistant to the Program Committee for the American Historical Association’s 2007 annual conference.
Prof. Phelps is an ardent fan of the Muppets, Legos, The Far Side, Cabin Pressure, and Phineas and Ferb.