Ideological Discrimination in Academia Is More Complicated than You Think

Students on the campus of Harvard University in 2009 (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Faculty feel less threatened by the opinions of undergraduates than by those of Ph.D. students and their peers.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M any right-of-center students (especially those who are grade-obsessed) self-censor, fearing that their professors will punish them for their political and cultural views if they were to express them in class discussions or assignments.

It’s easy to understand why they are concerned. The dearth of ideological diversity in the professoriate is significant; in social-research fields, the left-to-right ratio is roughly 10:1. Professors rarely assign readings by conservative or libertarian intellectuals, let alone engage with such thinkers in a charitable way. Faculty regularly make off-topic jabs at Trump or the Republicans, or even end up digressing into full-on rants. Professors who are moderate

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Musa al-Gharbi is a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University and a senior fellow at Heterodox Academy.

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