Despite assumptions in some quarters of widespread academic radicalism, professors are politically liberal but on the whole democratically tolerant and are focused more on the business of research and teaching than on trying to change the world.

Professors and Their Politics is a new book edited by IPK's Visiting Scholar Neil Gross with Solon Simmons. This book tackles the assumption that universities are ivory towers of radicalism with the potential to corrupt conservative youth. Neil Gross and Solon Simmons gather the work of leading sociologists, historians, and other researchers interested in the relationship between politics and higher education to present evidence to the contrary. In eleven meaty chapters, contributors describe the political makeup of American academia today, consider the causes of its liberal tilt, discuss the college experience for politically conservative students, and delve into historical debates about professorial politics.

Offering readable, rigorous analyses rather than polemics, Professors and Their Politics yields important new insights into the nature of higher education institutions while challenging dogmas of both the left and the right. 

Copies of Professors and Their Politics are available for purchase here.

Neil Gross is a professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and author of Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? and Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher. He is also a Visiting Scholar at IPK. Solon Simmons is an associate professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and author of The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press.