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The place of the conservative professor in left-leaning academe

"Passing on the Right" by Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.
Oxford University Press

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The American university is by and large a left-leaning place. So where does it leave conservative professors whose beliefs run counter to the progressive climate of academia?

That’s the question Claremont McKenna professor Jon Shields and University of Colorado professor Joshua Dunn sought to answer in their new book, “Passing on the Right.

Shields and Dunn spoke to a number of conservative professors for the first-ever book-length study on the topic, and what they found might surprise most people.

Most conservative professors say that the university is a far more tolerant place than its right-wing critics imagine. Some say they feel more comfortable in academia than in the Republican Party. Still, many professors admit to hiding what they believe from others at the university before they get tenure. Some openly conservative professors even say they were badly mistreated because of their politics.


Jon Shields, co-author of the book, “Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progress University” (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is an associate professor in the Department of Government at Claremont McKenna College