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The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice

Do Gay Professors have a Political Agenda?

Students More Likely to Think Gay Professors Biased

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Today, Inside Higher Ed reported on new research suggesting that undergrads think hypothetical gay or lesbian professors are more biased than their heterosexual peers. In one of the studies, 564 student participants rated two identical syllabi (except for a mention of whether the professor was gay or straight) for bias in a proposed class on Human Sexuality. Researchers found, on average, that "Lesbian and gay professors were rated as having a political agenda, compared to heterosexual professors with the same syllabus," according to the study's abstract.

For the full article by Erik Hayden, go to: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/06/students-think-ga...

Kristin J. Anderson, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and the author of Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice (Cambridge, 2010).

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