Selection Bias Over Discrimination In Academia

I used to think that there was a lot of discrimination going on re: conservatives in academia (it is a plausible theory after all – groupthink, etc. explaining it), but I’ve been convinced that just isn’t the case.  It is probably an issue of selection bias more than anything else.

“This squares with my experience teaching sociology undergraduates. I often reach out to high achieving undergraduates to sign up for the sociology major or senior level courses, regardless of what I think their political attitudes may be. Among students who have exhibited conservative opinions, getting them into upper level sociology is like pulling teeth. Many have already made a choice to major in other topics.”

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