Study: Democrat Professors Outnumber Republicans 11.5-to-1

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 1:23 pm, October 3, 2016

In the social sciences, Democratic professors outnumber Republicans by 11.5-to-one, a new study by Econ Journal Watch has found.

The study examined voter-registration records for 7,243 professors at 40 universities nationwide. It found just 314 registered Republicans, compared to 3,623 registered Democrats, teaching journalism, economics, psychology, history, law, and other social-science disciplines. (Others had not registered or belonged to third parties.)

“The reality is that in most humanities/social-science fields, a Republican is a rare bird,” the study says. “In fact, registrants to either the Green Party or Working Families Party equaled or exceeded Republican registrants in 72 of the 170 departments. … That is, in 42 percent of departments, Republican registrants were as scarce or scarcer than left minor-party registrants.”

The lack of ideological diversity at some universities was staggering. Many departments examined had not a single registered Republican teaching.

At Brown University, Democrats outnumbered Republicans 60-to-1. Meanwhile, at Columbia, Princeton, Tufts, Northeastern, Rochester, Johns Hopkins, and Boston University, there were between 30 and 40 Democrat professors for every one Republican.

The study also noted that, in the past decade, the ratio between Democratic and Republican professors has become even more extreme.

Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum.