Hide the Republicans, the Christians, and the Women: A Response to "Politics and Professional Advancement Among College Faculty."

The Forum, Vol. 3(2), No. 7, 2005

16 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2007

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Barry Ames

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

David C. Barker

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Chris W. Bonneau

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Chris J. Carman

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Abstract

Do conservatives suffer discrimination in academe? In "Politics and Professional Advancement Among College Faculty," Rothman, Lichter, and Nevitte argue that "conservatives and Republicans teach at lower quality schools than do liberals and Democrats." Using a survey of 1643 faculty members from 183 four-year colleges and universities, they conclude that their results are "consistent with the hypothesis that political conservatism confers a disadvantage in the competition for political advancement." In this response, we show that Rothman, Lichter, and Nevitte's work is plagued by theoretical and methodological problems that render their conclusions unsustainable by the available evidence. Furthermore, we offer an alternative hypothesis theoretically consistent with their findings. Unfortunately, we were unable to subject our alternative hypothesis to empirical assessment (or even to replicate the initial results of Rothman, Lichter and Nevitte) since they have refused to make their data available to the scientific community.

Suggested Citation

Ames, Barry and Barker, David C. and Bonneau, Chris W. and Carman, Chris J., Hide the Republicans, the Christians, and the Women: A Response to "Politics and Professional Advancement Among College Faculty.". The Forum, Vol. 3(2), No. 7, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012734

Barry Ames (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

4L01 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

David C. Barker

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

4L01 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Chris W. Bonneau

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

4600 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.pitt.edu/~cwb7

Chris J. Carman

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

4L01 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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