It’s no secret that academia is overwhelmingly liberal; so much so that many conservative professors may feel like they are in enemy territory. But a new study suggests that conservatives may have good reason to feel uneasy. Between a quarter and a third of liberal social psychologists indicated in survey responses that they would discriminate against conservatives in hiring decisions and grant proposals.
“They [conservatives] may be accurately worried that they’re going to suffer adverse consequences if people know their truth beliefs,” said Yoel Inbar, an assistant professor of social psychology and co-author of the study, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Inbar and co-author Joris Lammers — also an assistant professor of social psychology at Tilburg University — surveyed social psychologists and asked them ho w likely they would be to hire a liberal professor over an equally-qualified conservative, or evaluate a grant proposal positively if they knew its recipient was right-leaning.
The findings confirmed what many conservative faculty members already suspect: A steady minority of respondents — between a quarter and a third on average–thought they or their colleagues would discriminate against conservatives. The more liberal the respondents, the more likely they were to admit to bias.
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