Professional and Biographical Information


BA (1969) University of Pittsburgh
MA (1973), PhD (1980) University of Michigan

Academic and Research Interests

Professor Francis G. (Frank) Couvares received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Remaking of Pittsburgh: Class and Culture in an Industrializing City 1877-1919 (1984) and co-author of Interpretations of American History, 8th ed. (2009). His current work is in the history of free speech and censorship; his edited collection of essays, Movie Censorship and American Culture, is in its 2nd edition (2006). He teaches courses in 19th – 20th century U.S. social and cultural history, as well as in American Studies. His most recent essay, "So This Is Africa: Race, Sex, and Censorship in the Movies of the 1920s and 1930s," appeared in Journal of American Studies (2011). A review essay, "Religious Liberty in America: Myths and Realities," appeared in Modern Intellectual History (2014). He recently completed a twenty-year term on the Board of Trustees at Mt. Wachusett Community College, and a six-year term as chair of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Review. He is a member and president of Da Camera Singers.