"Feeling marginalized? Welcome to the world of conservative academics." Letter to the Editor published in the Washington Post today. Letter is in response to protests and discussions that have been held on university campuses in response to the Presidential Election. Thought I'd offer a somewhat novel perspective informed by research I've conducted to date. Click the link below to check it out!
Commentary published on Forbes.com discussing my recent paper on political diversity among university faculty. Click the link below to check it out:
If you have not visited Heterodox Academy, you must. ABSOLUTELY MUST.
I've been following this site since a little after it first launched, and the collection of topics presented and discussed is extremely valuable. Heterodox Academy's mission is to "increase viewpoint diversity in the academy, with a social focus on the social sciences." If you've read some of my other blog posts, or stumbled upon any of my research you will quickly note that this has been a topic near and dear to my heart for many years--something that I am extremely passionate about, and look forward to contributing to as I continue my research. As I get back into the swing of my "Today's Readings" posts, you will most certainly find Heterodox Academy posts showing up.
It is often quipped that one should not counter speech with which they don't agree by restricting the speech (censorship), but instead engage in their own speech (more speech). The analogy can be extended to viewpoint diversity within universities. We should not shut out certain ideas or people who hold these ideas from our universities, but should instead view having differing viewpoints on campus as an opportunity to debate important topics more comprehensively, and therein look at increased viewpoint diversity as a simple way to increase the reliability and validity of our scientific endeavors.
Academia cannot allow selective or convenient forms of diversity, and should instead have a vested interest in protecting the pluralistic tradition of universities. If anything, perhaps being exposed to viewpoints different than our own will help us become more tolerant of particular out-groups. I agree with Heterodox Academy that academia "would produce better and more reliable research if [it] contained more viewpoint diversity." I hope to somehow be able to play a role in helping address this problem, and therein help improve academia.
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