Francis Shor was a Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit as at September 15, 2005. He taught courses in the fields of historical and cultural studies. He has been a recent recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Scholars Award to New Zealand and Visiting Faculty Fellowship to the University of Melbourne.
Shor's books include Utopianism and Radicalism in a Reforming America, 1888-1918 (Greenwood 1997) and a forthcoming comparative study of the Industrial Workers of the World. His present research is focused on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Other publications range from chapters on the IWW in New Zealand, gender and socialism, and anarchist communitarianism in twentieth century America to scholarly articles covering topics in 19th and 20th century cultural and social history that have appeared in journals such as Radical History Review, International Labor and Working Class History, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Men’s Studies, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Prospects, Labour History, Film & History, The Insurgent Sociologist, and Utopian Studies. During the last several years he has also published scores of political and cultural commentaries on progressive websites such as Common Dreams and CounterPunch. These commentaries have, in turn, been republished on numerous other websites around the world and translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Farsi, Dutch and other languages.
"Support Bill Ayers"
In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.
In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.
- We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
- We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.
Fran Shor, Professor at Wayne State University signed the statement.