Alan Charles Kors

Alan Charles Kors
  • Discipline: Professor of History
  • Organization: University of Pennsylvania

Alan Charles Kors is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in history from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in European history from Harvard University.

Kors is editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment(Oxford University Press) and is on the board of editors of Eighteenth-Century Life. He has actively advocated academic freedom and was recently awarded the Englaticheff Award in Defense of Academic Freedom. His co-authored book (with Harvey A. Silverglate)The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses was published by the Free Press in 1998.

Professor Kors is the author of D'Holbach's Coterie: An Enlightenment in Paris (1976) and Atheism in France, 1650-1729, vol. 1 (1990), and co-editor of Witchcraft in Europe, 1100-1700: A Documentary History (1972, 1995) and Anticipations of the Enlightenment in England, France and Germany (1987). He has written numerous articles and book reviews and has been featured on video and audiotapes, including The Teaching Company's "Superstar Teachers Series."

He is president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a non-profit organization devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on American campuses.