Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hawkeye Academic Diversity

The University of Iowa history department has 27 Democrats on its faculty and 0 Republicans.

And the chairman is denying that ideology influences the hiring process. Of course it doesn't.

In response to the revelations, department chair Colin Gordon announced that the department had committed no wrongdoing, and neither he nor the university has expressed any concern about the total absence of intellectual diversity. Rarely have the hypocrisy and mendacity of academia been so thoroughly exposed as in the history department’s damage-control campaign.

However, he did admit that,

Professor Gordon and at least nine others believe that a historian’s ideology should not only be a matter of interest to other historians, but should conform to the ideology of other historians.

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