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Passing on the RightConservative Professors in the Progressive University$
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Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863051.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Passing on the Right

Jon A. Shields

Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Oxford University Press

The introduction summarizes the book’s main findings. It argues that liberals and conservatives need to rethink the place of conservatives in academia. Contrary to liberal fears, for example, conservative professors are neither close-minded nor eager to declare war on the university. Many, in fact, feel more at home in the university than in the Republican Party. Most conservative professors also believe the university is a far more tolerant place than its right-wing critics imagine. Thus liberals should be more principled advocates of diversity by advocating for ideational pluralism in higher education, while movement conservatives should de-escalate its polemical war against the university. The introduction concludes with a brief description of the study’s method.

Keywords:   American conservatism, American culture wars, professors, social sciences, diversity, bias, stigma, affirmative action, social conservatives, libertarians

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