In seeking faculty, universities look for people who can analyze and discuss matters of some complexity, who are unafraid to challenge the wisdom of simple solutions, and who have a sense of social responsibility toward those who cannot buy influence. Such people tend to be put off by a political party dominated by those who believe dogmatically in the infallibility of the marketplace as a solution to all economic problems, or else in the infallibility of scripture as a guide to morality.
In short, universities want people of some depth, subtlety and intelligence. People like that usually vote for the Democrats. So what?
The writer is professor emeritus of physics at Duke University.
In even shorter, Lawrence Evans implies, they want people just like Lawrence Evans. The trouble is, they usually get them.