Intellectual Diversity

by John J. Miller

Hillsdale College has a lot of conservative professors — but not all of them are conservative, according to a survey described in this week’s edition of the campus newspaper:

One-third of Hillsdale College faculty call themselves Republicans, a quarter call themselves Democrats, and a fifth call themselves politically independent, according to a survey conducted by The Collegian.

“There is a considerable range of opinion amongst the faculty. There are plenty of liberals, ” said Paul Rahe, professor of history and a registered Republican since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. …

On other campuses, 70.8 percent of professors identify themselves as Democrats, according to a 2007 study by Neil Gross and Solon Simmons. The study also found that 20.8 percent of professors called themselves Republicans and 8.5 percent regarded themselves as independents.