Hasnas: Teachers with conservative views don’t make the cut.

GREAT article in the WSJ from our own John Hasnas – MSB Professor of Policy & Ethics: The One Kind of Diversity Colleges Avoid

His central point: When recruiting faculty, universities seek diversity by gender, race and nationality … but, not ideology.

In many instances, conservatives and libertarians need not apply.




That conclusion probably doesn’t surprise many of you who already see the elephant in the middle of the room.

But, Prof. Hasnas provides some texture and “inside scoop”

Here are a couple of highlight snippets from the article …


Prof. Hasnas writes:

In the more than 20 years that I have been a professor at Georgetown University, I have been involved in many faculty searches.

Every one begins with a strong exhortation from the administration to recruit more women and minority professors. 

Yet, in my experience, no search committee has ever been instructed to increase political or ideological diversity.

On the contrary, I have been involved in searches in which the chairman of the selection committee stated that no libertarian candidates would be considered.

Or the description of the position was changed when the best résumés appeared to be coming from applicants with right-of-center viewpoints. 

Predominantly liberal faculties identify merit with positions that are consistent with theirs, see little value in conservative and libertarian scholarship, and perpetuate the left-wing stranglehold on the academy.

Only 12% of university faculty identify as politically right of center, and these are mainly professors in schools of engineering and other professional schools.

(Even then) in a country fairly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, only 13% of law professors identify as Republican.

And a recent study  …. showed that 96% of social psychologists identify as left of center, 3.7% as centrist/moderate and only 0.03% as right of center. 

Having a diverse faculty is a genuine value for a university and its students.

But if diversity is really such an important academic value, then why are universities making no effort to increase the political and ideological diversity of their faculties?

My take: Prof. Hasnas’ hammer hit the nail on the head.

The entire article — The One Kind of Diversity Colleges Avoid — is worth reading.



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2 Responses to “Hasnas: Teachers with conservative views don’t make the cut.”

  1. John Milnes Baker Says:

    Professor Hasnas’s hammer may have hit the nail on the head but It would take a sledge hammer to even get college administrators’ attention – even then nothing would change. Too bad that “the free and open expression of ideas” is considered politically incorrect – socially unacceptable. The students are the ones who lose – and their parents who foot the bill..

  2. John Milnes Baker Says:

    I probably should have worded it “the free and open EXCHANGE of ideas” …….

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