Becoming RightHow Campuses Shape Young Conservatives

Becoming RightHow Campuses Shape Young Conservatives

Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780691145372

Publisher: Princeton University Press


The last two decades have seen historians and political scientists extensively study the rise of conservatism. An addition to that literature, this book offers an analysis of the state of college conservatism and explains the factors that shape the student and the citizen. Conservative pundits allege that the pervasive liberalism of America's colleges and universities has detrimental effects on undergraduates, most particularly right-leaning ones. Yet not enough attention has actually been paid to young conservatives to test these claims—until now. This book explores who conservative students are, and how their beliefs and political activism relate to their university experiences. It shows that the diverse conservative movement evolving among today's college students holds important implications for the direction of American politics.