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A Call for Faculty Voter-Reg Data By: Daniel Klein
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Dear Concerned Students, Researchers, and Others,

I have been engaged in research about the ideological orientation of faculty, utilizing both survey data and voter-registration data. 

I continue in this vein.  In particular, with a number of collaborators I have gathered voter-reg data on faculty at 11 California schools. 

For certain research questions, you must thin out the data.  For example, are Republican history profs less likely to join the American Historical Association than Democrat history profs?

Once the data is divided up into fields like History, the data become rather meager, especially when the Republican representation is so tiny.  Gathering voter-reg data is costly and difficult.  You can’t draw statistical inference about Republican historians when you have a sample of just 11 of them.

I write in the hope that student groups or other researchers at individual campuses can respond to this call for data.  I seek good quality data on faculty at any college or university.  I seek data collected since January 1, 2003, and need the original raw data. 

The California schools on which we have collected the data are Berkeley, Stanford, Santa Clara, UCLA, Cal Tech, Claremont, Pepperdine, UCSD, San Diego SU, U of San Diego, and Point Loma Nazarene.

Please respond to dklein@gmu.edu if you know of any campus study based on such data.  It is important that such data be combined into a large sample to allow for responsible statistical inference.

I am in touch with people at Dartmouth, Cornell, and Duke, so no need to point me to those possibilities.  Please alert me to any others I may not be aware of!

Thank you for your attention.

Daniel Klein
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
dklein@gmu.edu

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