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Why do some academic fields have political disparities among professors between 40/100:1 (liberals to conservatives), while other fields have little to no disparity at all?

For answers, we talk with John Paul Wright, professor of Criminology at the University of Cincinnati. We discuss how the same tribal behaviors that arise in criminal gangs have emerged in the academy—exacerbating and maintaining these observed political disparities. 

John’s blog: “Political Disparities in the Academy: It’s More Than Self-Selection

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This episode is hosted by Zach Rausch, and produced by Davies Content.