Eran Shor

Photo of Eran ShorAssociate Professor, William Dawson Scholar

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-5664
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-Mail: ershor [at] gmail [dot] com (Eran Shor)
Office: Leacock 840


Research Areas

Political Conflict and Human Rights; Terrorism and Counterterrorism; the Sociology of Health; Ethnicity and Nationalism; Determinants of Sexual Attraction; Media Coverage of Women and Ethnic Minorities; Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression Methods.



(PhD, Stony Brook University, 2010)

My work spans several major research and teaching interests. First, I examine the causes and effects of political conflict and violence. More specifically, I study state counterterrorist policies, relying on a combination of longitudinal time-series cross-national analyses and case studies. My work demonstrates the importance of social and cultural processes in determining state policies and challenges more traditional theoretical approaches, which emphasize atomized actor-oriented and cost-benefit motivations.

Second, I am leading two separate research projects that examine inequality in the media coverage of ethnic minorities and women, using both qualitative content analysis and various statistical analysis methods. I critically explore the policing and silencing of political discourses by ethnic minority groups in Israeli media and the reaffirmation of national and collective boundaries through the exclusion of these ethnic minority groups.

Third, I am conducting a large-scale statistical meta-analysis project, which explores the effect of different social stressors and of social relationships on mortality in different countries and under varying conditions. This project has already produced analyses of the effects of unemployment, war exposure, widowhood, divorce, lifetime non-marriage, participation in voluntary organizations, and social support, as well as a methodological paper on the use of meta-analysis in sociology. In addition, I plan to conduct analyses on the effects of social networks, immigration, and cumulative stressors on mortality.

Finally, pursuing my interests in gender and sexuality, I have completed a study on attraction between same-group members in Israeli kibbutzim. Relying on in-depth interviews with people who grew up in the communal education system of Israeli kibbutzim, I questioned the reigning psychological and biological views and offered alternative sociological explanations to the classic debate over the origins of incest avoidance and the incest taboo. I plan to extend this research by studying sexual attraction and avoidance in other small groups.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

In press   Shor, Eran. “Why do They Legislate? A Cross-National Time-Series Analysis of Terrorism and Counterterrorist Legislation.” Forthcoming in Social Problems. Doi: 10.1093/socpro/spw028.

In press   Hognas, Robin, David Roelfs, Christa Moore, and Eran Shor. “J-Curve? A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of Parity and Parental Mortality”. Forthcoming in Population Research and Policy Review.

2016   Shor, Eran. “Counterterrorist Legislation and Subsequent Terrorism: Does it Work?” Social Forces 95:525-557. [PDF

2016   Shier, Allie* and Eran Shor. “’Shades of Foreign Evil’: ‘Honour Killings’ and ‘Family Murders’ in the Canadian Press.” Violence Against Women 22:1163-1188. [PDF

2016   Shor, Eran, Ina Filkobski*, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, Hayder Alkilabi*, and William Su. “Does Counterterrorist Legislation Hurt Human Rights Practices? A Longitudinal Cross-National Analysis.” Social Science Research 58:104-121. [PDF

2015   Shor, Eran, Arnout van de Rijt, Alex Mltsov*, Vivek Kulkarni*, and Steven Skiena. “A Paper Ceiling: What Explains the Sex-Ratio Inequality in Printed News Coverage?” American Sociological Review 80(5) 960 –984. [PDF] Table 3 data [.DTA] Tables 2 & 3 syntax [.DO

2015   Shor, Eran. “The Westermarck Hypothesis and the Israeli Kibbutzim: Reconciling Contrasting Evidence.” Forthcoming in Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-015-0558-5 [PDF

2015   Shor, Eran and David Roelfs. “Social Contact Frequency and All-cause Mortality: A Meta-analysis and Meta-regression.” Social Science & Medicine 128:76-86. [PDF

2015  Roelfs, David, Eran Shor, Aaron Blank* and Joseph E. Schwartz. “Misery Loves Company? Aggregate Unemployment Rates and the Unemployment-Mortality Association.” Annals of Epidemiology 25:312-22. [PDF]

2014   Shor, Eran, Arnout van de Rijt, Charles Ward*, Saoussan Askar*, and Steven Skiena. “Is There a Political Bias? A Computational Analysis of Female Subjects’ Coverage in Liberal and Conservative Newspapers.” Social Science Quarterly 95:1213-1229. [PDF]

2014   Shor, Eran and Yuval Yonay. “Ethnic Coexistence in Deeply Divided Societies: The Case of Arab Athletes in the Hebrew Media.” The Sociological Quarterly 55:396-420. [PDF]

2014   Shor, Eran, Jason Carmichael, Ignacio Nazif*, John Shandra, and Michael Schwartz. “Terrorism and State Repression of Human Rights: A Cross-national Time-series Analysis.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 55:294-317. [PDF]

2014   Shor, Eran, Arnout van de Rijt, Charles Ward*, Aaron Blank*, and Steven Skiena. "Time Trends in Printed News Coverage of Female Subjects, 1880-2008." Journalism Studies 15:759-773. [PDF]

2013   van de Rijt, Arnout, Eran Shor, Charles Ward, and Steven Skiena. "Only Fifteen Minutes? The Social Stratification of Fame in Printed Media." American Sociological Review 78:266-289. [PDF]

2013   Shor, Eran, David Roelfs and Tamar Yogev. "The Strength of Family Ties: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of Self-Reported Social Support and Mortality." Social Networks 35:626-638. [PDF]

2013   Shor, Eran and David Roelfs. "Talking to God or Talking to Others? A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of Social Participation and Mortality." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:120-145. [PDF]

2013   Roelfs, David, Eran Shor, Louise Falzon, Karina W. Davidson, and Joseph E. Schwartz. "Meta Analysis for Sociology: A Bottom-Up Approach." Bulletin of Sociological Methodology 117:75-92. [PDF]

2013   Shor, Eran and Dalit Simchai. "Lions and Tigers in the Kibbutzim: Sexual Aversion and Sexual Attraction in the Communal Education System." Megamot 49:106-133 (Hebrew).  [PDF]

2012   Shor, Eran and Dalit Simchai. “Exposing the Myth of Sexual Aversion in the Israeli Kibbutzim: A Challenge to the Westermarck Hypothesis.” American Journal of Sociology 117:1509-1513. [PDF]

2012   Shor, Eran, David J. Roelfs, Misty Curreli, Lynn Clemow, Matthew M. Burg, and Joseph E. Schwartz. “Widowhood and Mortality: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression.” Demography 49:757-606. [PDF]

2012   Shor, Eran, David J. Roelfs, Paul Bougy, and Joseph E. Schwartz. “Meta-analysis of Marital Dissolution and Mortality: Reevaluating the Intersection of Gender and Age.” Social Science & Medicine 75:46-59. [PDF]

2012   Shor, Eran and Yair Galily. “Between Adoption and Resistance: Grobalization and Glocalization in the Development of Israeli Basketball.” Sociology of Sport Journal 29 (4). 

2012   Charland, Lyn, Ian Shrier, and Eran Shor. “Simultaneous Penile-Vaginal Intercourse Orgasm.” Journal of Sexual Medicine 9:334. [PDF]

2011   Shor, Eran. “Constructing a Global Counterterrorist Legislation Database: Dilemmas, Procedures, and Preliminary Analyses.” Journal of Terrorism Research 2:249-277. [PDF]

2011   Roelfs, David J., Eran Shor, Rachel Kalish, and Tamar Yogev. “The Rising Relative Risk of Mortality among Singles: Meta-analysis and Meta-regression.” American Journal of Epidemiology 74:379-389. [PDF]

2011   Shor, Eran and Yuval Yonay. “Play and Shut Up”: The Silencing of Palestinian Athletes in Israeli Media.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 34:229-247. [PDF]

2011   Roelfs, David J., Eran Shor, Karina W. Davidson, and Joseph E. Schwartz. “Losing Life and Livelihood: A Meta-Analysis and Meta-Regression of the Effect of Unemployment on All-Cause Mortality.” Social Science & Medicine 72:840-854. [PDF]

2010   Shor, Eran and Yuval Yonay. “Sport, National Identity, and Media Discourse over Foreign Athletes in Israel.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 16:483-503. [PDF]

2010   Roelfs, David J., Eran Shor, Karina W. Davidson, and Joseph E. Schwartz. “War-Related Stress Exposure and Mortality: A Meta-Analysis.” The International Journal of Epidemiology, 39:1499-1509. [PDF]

2010   Shor, Eran. “Terrorism and Human Rights in the New Millennium: In Search for Equilibrium.” Qualitative Sociology 33:205-210. [PDF]

2009   Shor, Eran and Dalit Simchai. “Incest Avoidance, the Incest Taboo, and Social Cohesion: Revisiting Westermarck and the Case of the Israeli Kibbutzim.” American Journal of Sociology 114:1803-1842. [PDF]

* Featured in Contexts (2010), under “Contexts Discoveries: Sociology Takes on the Incest Consensus”

* Winner of the 2007 paper award from the ASA’s Section on Sexuality

2009   Shandra, John M., Eran Shor and Bruce London. “World Polity, Unequal Ecological Exchange, and Organic Water Pollution: A Cross-National Analysis.” Human Ecology Review 16:52-62. [PDF]

2008   Shor, Eran. “Conflict, Terrorism, and the Socialization of Human Rights Norms: The Spiral Model Revisited.” Social Problems 55:117-138. [PDF]

* Winner of the 2007 paper award from the ASA’s Section on Political Sociology

2008   Shor, Eran. “Utilizing Rights and Wrongs: Right-Wing, the "Right" Language, and Human Rights in the Gaza Disengagement.” Sociological Perspectives [PDF]

2008   Shor, Eran. “Contested Masculinities: The New Jew and the Construction of Black and Palestinian Athletes in Israeli Media.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 32:255-277. [PDF]

* Winner of the 2008 paper award from the ASA’s Section on Race, Gender, and Class

2008   Shandra, John M., Eran Shor, Gary Maynard, and Bruce London. “Debt, Structural Adjustment, and Deforestation: A Cross-National Study.” Journal of World-Systems Research 14:1-20. [PDF]

2008   Shandra, John M., Eran Shor, and Bruce London. “Debt, Structural Adjustment, and Organic Water Pollution: A Cross-National Analysis.” Organization and Environment 21:38-55. [PDF]

Book Chapters and Other Publications

2015   Shor, Eran. “Jewish Masculinity and Other Masculinities in the Media Coverage of Israeli Sports.” In Yair Galily, Moshe Levy, and Ilan Tamir (eds.), Sport and Gender: Identities, Representations, and Conflict. Herzliya: IDC. (Hebrew).

2015   Shor, Eran. “Westermarck Effect.” In George Ritzer (ed.), Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd Edition).

2012  Shor, Eran. “Symbiosis and Exploitation in Sports-Media Interrelations: The Israeli Case of Maccabi Tel-Aviv Basketball Club and the Public Channel.” Pp. 341-356 in Dennis Erasga (ed.), Sociological Landscape: Theories, Realities and Trends. Rijeka: In-Tech[PDF]

2010   Shor, Eran. “In Search of a Voice: Arab Soccer Players in the Israeli Media.” Pp. 8-10 in John Calabrese (ed.), Sports and the Middle East: A Special Edition of Viewpoints. [PDF]

2008   Shor, Eran. “Quantification.” Pp. 655-656 in William A. Darity Jr. (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd Edition), Volume 6. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson/Gale. [PDF]

2008   Shor, Eran. “Performance.” Pp. 207-209 in William A. Darity Jr. (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd Edition), Volume 6. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson/Gale. [PDF]

Book Reviews

2014   Whose Rights? Counterterrorism and the Dark Side of American Public Opinion, by Clem Brooks and Jeff Manza. In: Contemporary Sociology 43:833-834.

2010   Jewish Terrorism in Israel, by Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger. In: Israel Studies Forum 25:116-141. [PDF]

2009   Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish nation-state and Human Rights, by Alexander Yakobson and Amnon Rubinstein. In: Israel Studies Forum 24:128-129. [PDF]

2008   The Men We Loved: Male Friendships and Nationalism in Israeli Culture, by Danny Kaplan. In: Men and Masculinities 10:368-370. [PDF]

2007   Cultures of Masculinity, by Tim Edwards. In: Journal of Men Studies 15:232-241. [PDF]

2007   Arab Soccer in a Jewish State: The Integrative Enclave, by Tamir Sorek. In: Israeli Sociology 9:215-217 (Hebrew). [PDF]


Research Grants

2015-20   Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Insight Grants ($222,738). “A Paper Ceiling? Explaining Sex-Ratio Inequality in Media Coverage.”

2015-16   NSF and the American Sociological Association (ASA), Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline ($7,000US). “The Determinants of Sex-Ratio Imbalance in Media Coverage.”

2015-16   SSHRC Development Grants ($7,000), McGill University. “A cross-national comparison of the determinants and consequences of counterterrorist legislation.”

2014-19   McGill University: William Dawson Chair ($125,000)

2012-14      Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SHHRC): Insight Development Grants ($74, 988). “A cross-national analysis of the factors shaping counterterrorist legislation policies."

2011-14   Fonds Québécois de la Recherché sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC): Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs ($39,600). “Le terrorisme et les politiques d’état: explication des variations dans les mesures antiterrorists.”

2009-10   National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant, Sociology Program ($8,084).

2009   The Mildred and Herbert Weisinger Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000) Awarded each year to one graduate student (any department) completing a dissertation bearing significant scholarly promise. Stony Brook University, NY.

2009   The Judith Tanur Sociology Dissertation Fellowship ($3,300) Awarded each year to one graduate student in the Department. Dpt. of Sociology, Stony Brook Un., NY.