Richard D. Mohr (B.A., University of Chicago, 1972; Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1977) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana.Clay, Abjection, Wonder: Illinois' Anna Pottery and its Influence on George Ohr. Presented to the Wisconsin Pottery Association on April 13, 1999.
His writings on pottery and the arts have appeared in the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association, the Tile Heritage Foundation's FlashPoint, The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Art issues, American Bungalow, and Architectural Record. He has curated exhibitions of tiles for the second annual Millikin University Prairie Arts & Crafts conference and the eleventh annual Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts conference.
He has an early life as a classicist and is the author of The Platonic Cosmology (Brill, 1985). Since the mid-1980s, his academic writing have chiefly been on social issues affecting gay Americans. He is the author of Gays/Justice: A Study of Ethics, Society, and Law, published in 1988 by Columbia University Press. In 1992, Beacon Press brought out his controversial book Gay Ideas: Outing and Other Controversies and in 1994 his popular book, A More Perfect Union: Why Straight America Must Stand Up For Gay Rights.
A public intellectual, Professor Mohr also writes on social policy for magazines and newspapers, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Advocate, Christopher Street, The Nation, Reason magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe.