November 19, 2004


Republicans Outnumbered in Academia, Studies Find (JOHN TIERNEY, 11/18/04, NY Times)

Conservatism is becoming more visible at the University of California here, where students put out a feisty magazine called The California Patriot and have made the Berkeley Republicans one of the largest groups on campus. But here, as at schools nationwide, the professors seem to be moving in the other direction, as evidenced by their campaign contributions and two studies being published on Nov. 18.

One of the studies, a national survey of more than 1,000 academics, shows that Democratic professors outnumber Republicans by at least seven to one in the humanities and social sciences. That ratio is more than twice as lopsided as it was three decades ago, and it seems quite likely to keep increasing, because the younger faculty members are more consistently Democratic than the ones nearing retirement, said Daniel Klein, an associate professor of economics at Santa Clara University and a co-author of the study.

In a separate study of voter registration records, Professor Klein found a nine-to-one ratio of Democrats to Republicans on the faculties of Berkeley and Stanford. That study, which included professors from the hard sciences, engineering and professional schools as well as the humanities and social sciences, also found the ratio especially lopsided among the younger professors of assistant or associate rank: 183 Democrats versus 6 Republicans.

In a related story, the sun rose today.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 5:12 PM

It might be more interesting to repeat the study at colleges in Kansas and Texas.

Does the ideological mix of the surrounding communities affect the political leanings of university instructors, or are all campuses islands of liberal Democrats ?
For that matter, this study only put individuals into two categories, Dem or GOP, but 25% of Dems self-identify as conservatives, and only 33% as liberals.
Therefore, even if any given group is 90% Dem, it might still be 30% conservative. (In such a setting, I assume that the 10% claiming to be Republicans are also the most conservative).

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 19, 2004 7:28 PM

I have seen numbers for University of Wyoming and for several in North Carolina -- same result. The local community effect may tilt the student body a bit more to the right, but the profs can't care less about being well to the left of their students.

Posted by: Moe from NC at November 19, 2004 10:22 PM

I wonder who dominates the post graduate and tenure committees? Nevermind....

Posted by: Uncle Bill at November 20, 2004 10:35 AM