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I'm interested in your opinion Evie, though Krugman is not

by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 1:24 PM PDT

on your A list of sources. Wink

"An Academic Question

Published: April 5, 2005

"It's a fact, documented by two recent studies, that registered Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives make up only a small minority of professors at elite universities. But what should we conclude from that?

"Conservatives see it as compelling evidence of liberal bias in university hiring and promotion. And they say that new "academic freedom" laws will simply mitigate the effects of that bias, promoting a diversity of views. But a closer look both at the universities and at the motives of those who would police them suggests a quite different story.

"Claims that liberal bias keeps conservatives off college faculties almost always focus on the humanities and social sciences, where judgments about what constitutes good scholarship can seem subjective to an outsider. But studies that find registered Republicans in the minority at elite universities show that Republicans are almost as rare in hard sciences like physics and in engineering departments as in softer fields. Why?

"One answer is self-selection - the same sort of self-selection that leads Republicans to outnumber Democrats four to one in the military. The sort of person who prefers an academic career to the private sector is likely to be somewhat more liberal than average, even in engineering."

I really am interested in your opinion, especially as you're in one of the fields that he mentions outside the social sciences and humanities.


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Apologies Evie, I thought it was a discussion of academic
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 1:32 PM PDT

preference, instead of a polemic. That's what I get for not reading the WHOLE article before posting. Please ignore it.


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I do have some thoughts on this topic ...
by Evie / April 5, 2005 11:09 PM PDT

... but would take some getting together of them and I'm going back and forth between grading papers and foolin' around on the net right now so no time to concentrate on anything too serious. I'll ignore Krugman's comments Wink Will get back to you.

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Thanks, Evie, I quite understand and look forward to your
by Ziks511 / April 6, 2005 6:59 AM PDT



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