DENTON, Texas, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- George Yancey documents sociological evidence for the conservative disadvantage in academia. Conservative and liberal commentators alike have long argued that social bias exists in American higher education. Yet those arguments have largely lacked much supporting evidence. In this first systematic attempt to substantiate social bias in higher education, George Yancey embarks on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the social biases and attitudes of faculties in American universities -- surveying professors in disciplines from political science to experimental biology. In so doing, Yancey finds that politically -- and, even more so, religiously -- conservative academics are at a distinct disadvantage in our institutions of learning, threatening the free exchange of ideas to which our institutions aspire and leaving many scientific inquiries unexplored.
One of Yancey's responses to these findings is his work towards developing the first Christian Studies program (http://pacs.unt.edu/content/christian-studies-unt) at a state university. In keeping with other type of research religious study programs (i.e. Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies) this program will produce research that supports Christian efforts to improve our society. He envisions a program that compensates for some of the academic antipathy towards Christians with a research agenda that is critical, but not hostile, to conservative Christians.
George Yancey is available for radio interviews and speaking engagements to discuss his new book and the Christian Studies program. He can be contacted at [email protected] or 940-565-2179.
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"Groundbreaking. This research brilliantly unmasks the subtle social, philosophical, and ideological forces behind the exclusion of conservatives and their viewpoints from the academic enterprise." -- Louis Bolce, Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, City University of New York
"Yancey issues a clarion call to those of us in higher education that we must do a better job practicing the political tolerance that we so vigorously preach." -- Marie A. Eisenstein, author of Religion and the Politics of Tolerance: How Christianity Builds Democracy
George Yancey is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas specializing in race/ethnicity and anti-Christian bias in the United States. He has extensive speaking experience at conferences, churches and retreats. His most recent books include Transcending Racial Barriers: Towards a Mutual Obligations Approach and Neither Jew nor Gentile: Exploring Issues of Racial Diversity on Protestant College Campuses. He lives in Denton, Texas.
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