Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? by Neil Gross

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Neil Gross shows that the U.S. academy’s liberal reputation has exerted a self-selecting influence on young liberals, while deterring promising conservatives. His study sheds new light on both academic life and American politics, where the conservative movement was built in part around opposition to the “liberal elite” in higher education.
 

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Neil Gross is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.Author's home: Vancouver, Canada
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Gross (Sociology/Univ. of British Columbia; Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher, 2008, etc.) examines the facts behind the conservative movement's oft-heard criticism of higher education: that American universities are, as presidential candidate Rick Santorum famously sa...

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In this persuasive study, University of British Columbia sociologist Gross tackles the politically hot topic of whether there is a liberal bias in the professoriate of American universities. His findi

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Gross (Sociology/Univ. of British Columbia; Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher, 2008, etc.) examines the facts behind the conservative movement's oft-heard criticism of higher education: that American universities are, as presidential candidate Rick Santorum famously sa...

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Salon

The best way to understand the conservative movement as it took shape in the last third of the 20th century — and as it continues to exist today — is to see it as comprising a complex ecological field of political organizational activity consisting of the Republican Party at the state and nat...

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Gross only mentions part-time faculty in passing (noting that they poll slightly less liberal than regular professors), and speaks about professors as if they constitute a fairly continuous cohort over time.

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First Things

When Bill O’Reilly and John Stossel discussed affirmative action for conservative professors, as they did this past December, did they believe that it would inspire more 22-year-olds on the right to apply for graduate study in Princeton’s English department, which tells prospective students that ...

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