- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674059093
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Neil Gross's work is crucial for anyone who cares about higher education and who also cares about the facts.
Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? offers a thoughtful, rigorous, and readable study of the causes and effects of liberal attitudes among college professors. Reading this book gave me an entirely new way of thinking about the interactions between political views, social attitudes, and life choices. Gross deserves a wide hearing.
—Andrew Gelman, Columbia University
A major contribution to debates about the politics of academia. Neil Gross blends cutting-edge research with old-fashioned reason to explain the cultural and economic forces that send liberals into the professoriate. This is a smart, surprising, and important book.
—Eric Klinenberg, New York University
In this engaging book, Neil Gross uses a dizzying range of evidence to take apart many common beliefs. He shows—among many other things—that professors are less liberal than pundits claim, that today’s younger professors are less radical than older ones, and that it is not so much that academia turns people liberal as that liberals are attracted to academia. The book cements Gross’s reputation as one of the most interesting sociologists of his generation.
—Mario Small, University of Chicago
Persuasive… It offers a thoughtful riposte to ad hominem attacks on contemporary universities as hotbeds of radicalism.
Neil Gross’s Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? enters the ongoing debate about the position and role of the academy in American life at a high-stakes moment…Until now, the characterization of a staunchly liberal professoriate has annoyed progressives and disturbed conservatives, while remaining a curiously underexamined trope in American political life. As Gross’s study shows, it is a product of long-standing misguided assumptions and overdrawn conclusions about American academics’ politics. Gross offers an impressive range of hard social scientific data to soften the hyperbole and help set straight the terms of our debate.
—Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, American Prospect
[Gross] registers clearly the overwhelming ideological slant of higher education…[His thesis] leaves conservative critics with a disarming irony, though: The more critics expose liberal indoctrination and intolerance, the more they reinforce the image of academia that makes young conservatives shun it.
—Mark Bauerlein, Weekly Standard
--Donald Downs, Perspectives on Politics
About the Author
Neil Gross is a professor of sociology at Colby College.