Sarah Brownell (PI) and Elizabeth Barnes (PhD fellow) may be familiar to many of you as they have done a lot of work exploring the teaching of evolution by Christian professors. I received an email from Barnes earlier today about another piece of work they have just published.
The last sentence of the abstract reads:
Taken together, these studies indicate that perceived bias against Christians in science may contribute to underrepresentation of Christians but actual bias against Christians in science may be restricted to a specific type of Christianity that scientists call fundamentalist and/or evangelical.
Their work suggests that there is an actual bias against students that may be perceived as “evangelical” or “fundamentalist”. Also from the abstract:
in Study 3, biology professors did rate a Christian student who went on a mission trip with Campus Crusade for Christ as less hireable, less competent, and less likeable than a student who did not reveal a Christian identity.
I’ll have to read this more closely, but I was surprised to see a conclusion of some bias. I try to attend at least one meeting per year and have never perceived any sort of negative response, despite my 16+ years at Houston Baptist (sounds rather fundy to me) University. Perhaps this has just been poor perception on my part, but I don’t think so.