Today my site Poly Politics (www.polypolitics.com) was relaunched with a refreshed look and updated data. The site was first launched back in November 2012 featuring data on the partisan voter registration of university faculty and administrators. Today the site was launched with updated voter registration data (and cleaned up data reporting methods), data on the partisan split of local media, trends, and salary data. There are still a few side-projects for Poly Politics that I'm working on and hope to launch sometime in the next month or two. As I state on the site, I hope the data leads people to stop and think about what the numbers present, and what sort of effect partisan politics has on the campus climate (especially depending on the break-down within a division or department).
For some background research on a new study I had the pleasure of coming across Jonathan Haidt's provocative talk from almost three years ago now (where has the time gone!) again. It is amazing how different something can look between reading it, and reading it now about a year later. With my research work, presentations, personal experiences, etcetera over the past year I have come to see things from a different light, and understand new dimensions and realities about things I before didn't have the faintest idea about.
To say the least, Dr. Haidt's talk sparked a flurry of discussion and research around the topic of political diversity in psychology--specifically the realm of social psychology--and interest around how we can move forward and reconcile what can be easily argued to be an Achilles's heel for the field.
I must admit, at a couple moments through the piece I found myself chuckling. From the quest to find a conservative social psychologist, to the audience participation of raising your hand (raise your hand if you are a liberal...now raise your hand if you are a conservative), to the "closet conservatives" anecdotes.
Definitely a fascinating talk on a subject that must be kept alive and fresh in the minds of psychologists, and all academicians for that matter.
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