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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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Closeted Conservatives

Closeted Conservatives

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Passing on the Right

Jon A. Shields

Joshua M. Dunn Sr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the hidden world of closeted conservative professors. It shows that the decision to pass as a liberal is not a simple binary decision, demanding perfect transparency or concealment. Some conservatives are open with a handful of colleagues whom they trust as well as with students, while others conceal only those right-wing opinions that seemed most offensive. Despite such variations, closeted professors never publish in conservative journals of opinion, and they almost always decide to reveal their stigmatized identities after tenure. For the vast majority of closeted conservatives, tenure presents a new birth of freedom.

Keywords:   passing, political bias, stigma, tenure, gays and lesbians, culture wars

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