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An Institution Can Lean Left Without Excluding the Right

Sarah Lawrence College has struggled with questions of free speech and genuine intellectual and ideological diversity over the past year. In the fall of 2018, I published  an op-ed in the New York Times which argued that the extracurricular programming and the ever-growing group of college administrators at Sarah Lawrence College was ideologically lopsided to..

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Finding a Bit of Viewpoint Diversity in Higher Ed

Much of higher-education in the United States is dominated by politically active and overwhelmingly liberal college administrators – whose ranks are ever-growing, and influence ever-expanding. Yet even as warnings about the diminution of viewpoint diversity become louder, it is important to understanding where and why there are some schools that are not completely progressive in orientation. For..

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Professors moved left since 1990s, rest of country did not

Every few years a debate re-emerges on the internet as to whether university faculty have truly shifted to the left, and if so, whether it matters. The debate has just flared up because of a graph that I made after some discussions about ideology in the academy with my friend Jon Haidt, who wanted to document the trend here at Heterodox Academy. But Paul Krugman dismissed the graph and the problem on his blog at the New York Times… [I give evidence against Krugman’s interpretation]… If we compare figures 1 and 2, we see that the professoriate was changing while the electorate as a whole was not. Professors were more liberal than the country in 1990, but only by about 11 percentage points. By 2013, the gap had tripled; it is now more than 30 points. It seems reasonable to conclude that it is academics who shifted, as there is no equivalent movement among the masses whatsoever. The people who shape the minds of America’s students have long leaned left, on average. But students who entered college before 1990 could count on the fact that their professors did not all vote the same way or hold the same views on the controversial issues of the day. Students who arrived after 2005 could make no such assumption.