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Conservatives on Campus: Myths and Realities

March 10, 2016

Conservative activists often portray colleges and universities as bastions of liberal indoctrination with professors openly hostile to conservative students and colleagues. Liberals often reply that the lack of conservative presence on campus is a result of anti-intellectual attitudes among conservatives themselves. Eschewing the usual polemics, panelists will share their empirical work on these questions and discuss their implications for current debates on politics on campus.

Amy Binder
Amy Binder
Professor of Sociology

Amy Binder is a professor of sociology at University of California, San Diego. She received her BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University. Her principal research interests are in the areas of cultural sociology, higher education, politics, and organizations.

Neil Gross
Neil Gross
Professor of Sociology

Neil Gross is a professor of sociology at Colby College. He joined the Colby faculty in 2015 as chair of the Department of Sociology. He taught previously at Princeton, the University of British Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Southern California.

Jon Shields
Jon Shields
Associate Professor of Government

Jon A. Shields is associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and coauthor with Joshua Dunn of Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University (Oxford, 2016).