A few days ago we published on diversity on academia. Here's another bit published in The Washington Post and written by Jonathan Adler . . .
When I was an undergraduate at Yale, I had several long discussions with my senior essay advisor about whether to pursue my PhD. My advisor, who was himself quite liberal, cautioned against it, largely because of my emerging, right-of-center political views. As he described it, succeeding in the liberal arts academy is tough enough as it is without the added burden of holding unpopular views. To illustrate the risk, he noted that one of his colleagues on the graduate admissions committee explicitly blackballed each and every candidate who had ever received financial support (scholarships, fellowships, etc.) from the John M. Olin Foundation because, his colleague insisted, the Olin Foundation only funded people who thought like they did, and Yale did not want any graduate students who thought that way. If I truly wanted to be an academic, he counseled, I was better off going to law school. While he didn’t know much about the politics of the legal academy, a law degree would provide a better safety net than a history PhD. In the end, that’s what I did.
My experience in the academy further confirms Brooks’ account. Most of the hostility faced by conservatives (and libertarians) is not explicit, and often not conscious or deliberate. In many cases, the subject matter and methodology of conservative scholarship is simply of no interest to those on the left (and probably vice-versa). At schools where there are no tenured conservatives, job candidates and junior professors may be left without a “champion” to help them navigate the process. The lack of right-of-center views at some schools may also make even moderate conservatives appear “kooky” or extreme. By the same token, it is clear to me that many conservatives in academia cry “wolf,” or seek to blame political opposition on their failure to succeed in a highly competitive environment. Contrary to what some believe, not every conservative’s failure to get tenure is the result of politics. Those that do succeed, however, will often work on faculties with few like-minded colleagues.
In the last few years we've seen professors at Georgetown gather at least twice to write public letters championing liberal causes and lambasting conservatives. One was recently against Ross Douthat, and the other was during the last election. There may be more that we're unaware, so let us know.
Now ask yourself: we know who our liberal professors are, but do we know any libertarian or conservatives who regularly hold events and speak out the same way our liberal professors do? What about traditional Catholics among the Jesuits who support Church teachings and are willing defend and promote them, even if they're not politically correct?