Alan Charles Kors

Alan Charles Kors is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in European intellectual history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

He has published several books and many articles on early-modern French intellectual history, and was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (4 volumes, Oxford University Press, 2002). He served for six years, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate, on the National Council for the Humanities, and he has received fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies and the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. In 2003-2004, he was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing around the country on early-modern intellectual history and on academic freedom.

He has won the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for distinguished college teaching and several national awards for the defense of academic freedom. In 2005, at the White House, he received the National Humanities Medal for “his study of European intellectual thought and his dedication to the study of the humanities.”

Alan Charles Kors
ProfessorDepartment of History
University of Pennsylvania
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6379 USA