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  1. David Bernstein says:

    Horowitz could substitute Stanford, which on the entire faculty has Marcus Cole, and I think that’s it (and I saw he was a finalist for a deanship somewhere), or Yale, which has hired only one known Federalist (Jonathan Macey) in the past 15 years. BTW, I don’t know if he’s a “Republican” but Elhauge is pretty clearly not liberal. Kudos to Harvard for being open-minded in its hiring.

  2. Steve says:

    In all fairness, there are what, 88 full-time faculty at HLS — and maybe 8 republicans? That’s hardly representative or diverse. Funny how diversity means different things to different people.

  3. Kaimi says:

    Steve writes:

    “In all fairness, there are what, 88 full-time faculty at HLS — and maybe 8 republicans? That’s hardly representative or diverse. Funny how diversity means different things to different people.”

    Funny how I didn’t use either of those words (representative or diverse) in my post, did I? You’re the first one here to use either term, and you’re attacking a claim that I haven’t made.

    I make no claim that the overall HLS faculty is or is not politically diverse; I do think that the apparent shift (from one identifiable Republican up to five, over a six year period) may be notable.

  4. Steve says:

    Relax Kaimi, I wasn’t attacking your claim. Just making an observation in general. I agree that the shift maybe notable — but there’s a long way to go before it reaches any form of balance (you didn’t use that word either — I’m just saying…)

  5. Anon Fed Soc Prof says:

    Clearly the Harvard faculty is less unbalanced than it was a few years ago. It is also less unbalanced than Stanford (1 libertarian, zero conservatives), or NYU (which I believe has zero conservatives or libertarians).

  6. humblelawstudent says:

    HLS isn’t losing its “whipping boy” status because conservative/Republican percentage goes from ~1% to 10%.

    Lol, and seriously, it’s hardly a point in your favor that the complaint is “dated” because now there is more than one publicly-declared or identifiable Republican. God forbid that HLS and SLS ever have faculty more diverse than CLS and Marxist schools of thought (sarcasm).

  7. humblelawstudent says:

    Oops, I realized my use of “CLS” was confusing. I meant Critical Legal Studies, not Columbia law school.

  8. WAL says:

    “NYU (which I believe has zero conservatives or libertarians)”

    I won’t deny it’s leftist school–and, as far as overall atmosphere, one of, if not **the**, most liberal of the top ones.

    But we actually do have some right-leaning profs. John Slain, William Allen [kind of closeted, but from what I've seen/read of the guy it would surprise me if he's a liberal], Geoffrey Miller, and maybe Estreicher off the top of my had.

  9. WAL says:

    “off the top of my had.”

    typo, that should be “head”

  10. Adam says:

    Cole isn’t just a dean candidate “somewhere;” he’s up for the job at USC.

  11. I believe that Robert Daines at Stanford is a conservative.

  12. Stuart Buck says:

    I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Allen Ferrell happened to be at least moderately conservative. He clerked for Silberman and Kennedy. Silberman had the occasional liberal clerk, but I think most of his clerks leaned conservative.

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