The U.S. government was the first to employ specialized academics as expert advisers to the president in various fields.
Currently, we have Dr. Susan Rice, a Ph.D. from Oxford University, who advises Joe Biden on foreign policy, and was both ambassador to the United Nations and the National Security Advisor to President Obama. Historically, there has been an affinity between academic scholars and liberal politics. However, there are notable exceptions: Condoleezza Rice is a Republican conservative, and Dr. Henry Kissinger is a Republican though not a conservative.
Into this milieu of academic politicians, enter Dr. Nancy Goroff, a chemistry professor at Stony Brook University. She is trying to become the first scientist to become a member of the House of Representatives, opposing Lee Zeldin, a three-time Republican congressman.
There is a conceptual connection between academic politicians and Liberalism. Indeed, the political and social aims of Liberalism represent a distinctive attitude, sharply contrasted with Conservatism. The reasons for the Liberal’s dissatisfaction with the existing order of things historically have persuaded academics to infuse their expertise, be it political science or chemistry, into governance. Their broad-based knowledge is what makes them liberal. They bring it into the governing process, if not always in the product. Ultimately, their Liberalism describes the kind of society they desire to create [more]