Inside Higher Ed
July 17th, 2015
It started off like a fairly typical campus political spat: liberal
professor criticizes conservative politician; conservative campus group
criticizes liberal professor, who in turn criticizes the conservative
group. Much of the criticism on both sides is through social media. And,
as has been the case in several recent campus controversies, the
professor is a sociologist and one who has never been accused of holding
back on her views.
But unlike several of the recent cases, which involved scholars just
starting their academic careers, the sociologist at the center of this
discussion is Sara Goldrick-Rab of the University of Wisconsin at
Madison. She is a big name in sociology and education research circles,
and her ideas have been influential in the development of state and
federal legislation on higher education policy.