Progressive Social Researchers Need Conservatives (Now More Than Ever)


[1] Chad Wellmon. Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.

Ben Knights. The Idea of Clerisy in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

[2] Friedrich Nietzsche. Anti-Education: On the Future of Our Educational Institutions. New York Review Books Classics, 2015.

[3] Jonathan Haidt. “Why Universities Must Choose One Telos: Truth or Social Justice.” Heterodox Academy, 21 October 2016.

Christian Smith. The Sacred Project of American Sociology. Oxford University Press, 2014.

[4] Cathy O’Neil. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Crown, 2016.

John Gray. “What Scares the New Atheists.” The Guardian, 3 March 2015.

Yuval Levin. The Tyranny of Reason: The Origins and Consequences of the Social Scientific Outlook. University Press of America, 2000.

Paul Feyerabend. Farewell to Reason. Verso, 1988.

[5] Thomas C. Leonard. Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era. Princeton University Press, 2016.

John Gray. “Stephen Pinker is Wrong About Violence and War.” The Guardian, 13 March 2015.

Thomas Piketty. Capital in the 21st Century. Belknap Press, 2014.

Paul Feyerabend. Science in a Free Society. Verso, 1982.

[6] George Lakoff & Mark Johnson. Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind & Its Challenge to Western Thought. Basic Books, 1999.

[7] William Davies. ”How Statistics Lost Their Power—And Why We Should Fear What Comes Next.” The Guardian, 19 January 2017.

Dan Kopf. “Using Science in an Argument Just Makes People More Partisan.” Quartz, 23 December 2016.

Dan Kahan. “The Cognitively Illiberal State.” Stanford Law Review, Vol. 60 (2007).

[8] Eric Armstrong. “Are Democrats the Party of Science? Not Really.” New Republic, 10 January 2017.

John Tierney. “The Real War on Science.” City Journal, Autumn 2016.

Chris Mooney. “Conservatives Don’t Hate Climate Science. They Hate the Left’s Climate Solutions.” Washington Post, 10 November 2014.

Dan Kahan. “Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus.” Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 14 (2011): 147-74.

[9] D.J. Flynn et al. “The Nature and Origins of Misperceptions: Understanding False and Unsupported Beliefs About Politics.” Political Psychology, Vol. 38, Supplement S1 (2017): 127-50.

Peter Hatemi & Rose McDermott. “Give Me Attitudes.” Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 19 (2016): 331-50.

Richard F. West et al. “Cognitive Sophistication Does Not Attenuate the Bias Blind Spot.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 103, No. 3 (2012): 506-19.

Chris Mooney. “What is Motivated Reasoning? How Does it Work? Dan Kahan Answers.” Discover, 5 May 2011.

Hilary Kornblith. “Distrusting Reason.” Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 1 (1999): 181-96.

[10] Musa al-Gharbi. “Why We Reject Facts and Embrace Conflict.” Real Clear Science, 11 March 2015.

Bradley Campell & Jason Manning. “Microaggression and Moral Cultures.” Comparative Sociology, Vol. 13, No. 6 (2014): 692-726.

[11] Elizabeth Kolbert. “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds.” The New Yorker, 27 February 2017.

Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog. Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education. Princeton University Press, 2016.

Pierre Azoulay et al. “Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time?” National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 21788 (2015).

[12] Greg Lukianoff. “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.” Encounter Books, 2014.

Marin Cogan. “How Liberal Colleges Breed Conservative Firebrands.” New York Times, 18 March 2017.

[13] Samuel J. Abrams. “Why Colleges’ Liberal Lean is a Problem.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 March 2017.

Rod Dreher. “The Imaginative David Gelernter.” American Conservative, 27 February 2017.

Clay Routledge. “A Letter to Conservatives: You Need College and College Definitely Needs You.” James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 27 January 2017.

Jonathan Haidt. “Why Concepts Creep Left.” Psychological Inquiry (2015).

Mark Lilla. “Taking the Right Seriously.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 September 2009.

[14] Mene Ukueberuwa. “Don’t Blame Politics for the Crisis at American Colleges.” New Republic, 1 February 2017.

Anthony L. Fisher. “The Free Speech Problem on Campus is Real. It Will Ultimately Hurt Dissidents.” Vox, 2 January 2017.

Conor Friedersdorf. “The Glaring Evidence that Free Speech is Threatened on Campus.” Atlantic, 4 March 2016.

[15] Michael B. Dougherty. “Students Don’t Want to Learn Anymore. They Want to Teach.” The Week, 10 January 2017.

[16] Natasha K. Warikoo. The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions and Meritocracy at Elite Universities. University of Chicago Press, 2016.

[17] Musa al-Gharbi. “From Political Liberalism to Para-Liberalism: Epistemological Pluralism, Cognitive Liberalism & Authentic Choice.” Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016): 1-25

[18] Robert P. George & Cornel West. “Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression.” James P. Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions, 14 March 2017.

Jonathan Haidt. “Van Jones’ Excellent Metaphors About the Dangers of Ideological Safety.” Heterodox Academy, 2 March 2017.

Lyell Asher. “Your Students Crave Moral Simplicity. Resist.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 February 2017.

Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt. “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Atlantic, September 2015.

Katherine W. Philips. “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter.” Scientific American, 1 October 2014.

[19] Lee Jussim. Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The Black Swan: On the Impact of the Highly Improbable. Random House, 2010.

[20] Marcus R. Munafo et al. “A Manifesto for Reproducible Science.” Nature Human Behavior, Vol. 1, Article 21 (2017).

Joel Achenbach. “No, Science’s Reproducibility Crisis is Not Limited to Psychology.” Washington Post, 28 August 2015.

[21] Scott Atran. “God and the Ivory Tower.” Foreign Policy, 6 August 2012.

[22] Maria Konnikova. “Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?The New Yorker, 30 October 2014.

[23] Rebecca Schuman. “Needs Improvement.” Slate, 24 April 2014.

Philip Stark. “What Exactly do Student Evaluations Measure?” Berkeley Blog, 21 October 2013.

April Kelly-Woessner & Matthew C. Woessner. “My Professor is a Partisan Hack: How Perceptions of a Professor’s Political Views Affect Student Course Evaluations.” PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 39, No. 3 (2006): 495-501.

[24] Nathan Honeycutt & Laura Freberg. “The Liberal and Conservative Experience Across Academic Disciplines: An Extension of Inbar and Lammers.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, March 2017.

James C. Philips. “Why Are There So Few Conservatives and Libertarians in Legal Academia? An Empirical Exploration of Three Hypotheses.” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2016): 153-207.

[25] Jon Shields & Joshua Dunn Sr. Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University. Oxford University Press, 2016.

[26]The Truth About Tenure in Higher Education.” National Education Association, 2015.

Sean Carroll. “How to Get Tenure at a Major Research University.” Discover, 30 March 2011.

[27] Musa al-Gharbi. “The Democratic Party is Facing a Demographic Crisis.” The Conversation, 28 February 2017.

[28] Sean Stevens. “Langbert, Quain & Klein: Faculty Voter Registration in Economics, History, Journalism, Law and Psychology.” Heterodox Academy, 14 December 2016.

[29] Ed Yong. “Professor Smith Goes to Washington.” Atlantic, 25 January 2017.

Jason Stahl. Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture Since 1945. University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Thomas Medvetz. Think Tanks in America. University of Chicago Press, 2014.

[30] Joseph Conlon. “Why Viewpoint Diversity Also Matters in the Hard Sciences.” Heterodox Academy, 27 January 2017.

[31] Sopan Deb. “Trump proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments.” New York Times, 15 March 2017.

Elizabeth Harrington. “Trump Plans to Eliminate NEA, NEH, Cut Spending by $10.5 Trillion.” Washington Free Beacon, 19 January 2017.

David Sarasohn. “The Republican War on Public Universities.” New Republic, 10 August 2016.

Anemona Hartocollis. “College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades, and Checks Shrink.” New York Times, 4 August 2016.

Ziyad Marar. “Why Does Social Science Have Such a Hard Job Explaining Itself?The Guardian, 8 April 2013.

[32] David Wheeler. “The Hot New Brand of Higher Education.” Atlantic, 1 February 2017.

[33] Charles Camosy. “Trump Won Because College-Educated Americans Are Out of Touch.” Washington Post, 9 November 2016.

Public Opinion on Higher Education.” Public Agenda, 12 September 2016.

Dan Kahan. “Fixing the Communications Failure.” Nature, Vol. 463 (2010): 296-7

[34] William Easterly. The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. Basic Books, 2015.

Evgeny Morozov. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. Public Affairs, 2014.

Greg Ferenstein. “Former Political Scientist to Congress: Please Defund Political Science.” Atlantic, 12 February 2013.

Philip Tetlock. Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? Princeton University Press, 2006.

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