- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199863059
- ISBN-13: 978-0199863051
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jon Shields and Josh Dunn have produced our first reliable study of academic conservatives, who have found a more comfortable home at the university than many of us imagined. But they remain a slender minority, especially in the humanities and social sciences, which makes the academy a less educational place for all of us. I hope that this careful and eloquent book reminds my fellow liberals about the vital role that conservative professors can play in academic life, if we can open our minds to them."
--Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of Education and History, New York University
"Technological revolutions, acute financial pressures, and deep cultural shifts undermining the traditional humanistic curriculum are forcing a profound rethinking and restructuring of American higher education today, about which the professoriate at its epicenter sometimes seems the least perceptive and prepared. In the midst of this protracted upheaval, Passing on the Right raises the difficult question of political ideology and its implications for academia's mission. It will only help higher education and the society that sustains it if this book is widely read and debated."
--Christian Smith, Wm. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
"Why have most of the humanities and social sciences become political monocultures? Shields and Dunn have written the authoritative treatise, integrating all previous work in an accessible and fair-minded way, and adding in empathy - the rarely heard voices of conservative professors. All academics should read this book, as should anyone who wants to improve the scholarship, prestige, and public funding of the academy."
--Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
"Passing on the Right, although written by two self-described academic conservatives, rejects some common conservative critiques of academia-for example, that it is not hospitable to conservative professors, and that liberal professors are engaging in widespread ideological indoctrination of their students. On the other hand, the book marshals evidence and arguments that increasing the now very small numbers of conservative faculty members in the humanities and social sciences would enrich teaching and scholarship for everyone in the university community, and also benefit society at large. It challenges the champions of diversity to appreciate the important contributions that conservative faculty members-academia's least celebrated minority-can make to a truly liberal education."
--Nadine Strossen, Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union
"Robust and uninhibited intellectual inquiry should be at the center of the American Academy. As a revolutionary Christian I welcome more intense dialogue with my conservative brothers and sisters. This brave book helps us move toward this Socratic condition!"
"I found this book subtle and thought-provoking throughout." --Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
"Passing on the Right actually manages to be one of the most optimistic books on American higher education by conservative authors in recent memory." --The American Interest
"The interviews and supplementary survey on which the book is based yielded findings that are not only interesting, but vital to understanding the environments in which college students learn - and in which their own political identities are shaped."-- Inside Higher Ed
"[Shields and Dunn] have produced a clear-eyed and rational discussion of modern academia that steers clear of polemics and challenges the dogmas of both the left and the right. . . . [They] make a strong case for the importance of conservative voices in modern academia and for why conservatives should not abandon the field of higher education to the progressive left." --The Weekly Standard
"Passing on the Right does, in fact, venture into great detail to paint this portrait, sharing numerous interviews with anonymous conservative professors and providing research regarding the plight of the right-wing academic...This combination of empirical and anecdotal data provides an inside look on what it's really like to be a conservative professor--does holding such an identity mean facing discrimination and losing friends or does it mean being highly successful?
Shields and Dunn contend that the answer is both."
--Amber Athey, Campus Reform
About the Author
Jon A. Shields is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Claremont McKenna College.
Joshua M. Dunn Sr. is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
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Although the book is carried out much like a study, it’s more interesting because of the interviews that are done with various professors throughout. While their identities are obfuscated, i.e., "A professor at a mid-western liberal arts college stated …", we get to hear an unfiltered (though always articulate) view from over one hundred different people. Some tell very personal stories, which are interesting. Some feel compelled to closely guard their political views from their coworkers, fearful of losing research funding, while others take no real issue with the contrasting political views of their peers.
In addition the candid interviews, the book spends a lot of time on aggregate metrics, retrieved from sending out surveys to many different professors. Naturally, this leads the book to spend some time untangling the "Right" as several separate groups ('fiscal hawks', 'social conservatives', 'libertarians', etc), whose opinions are views are sometimes quite antithetical to each other.
The premise of the book is a simple one, but the study that ensures is broad, spanning philosophy, politics and statistics. I think the author does a great job leading an interesting discussion, and that it’s one that everyone should find engaging.