Expert Witnesses and Academic Clout

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This is just a simple post that I’m not even going to offer commentary on. I just want readers to take from it what they will.

Compiled below is a list of the expert witnesses in the Prop 8 trial who are professors/researchers at institutions of higher education. I’ve included those the defense had called that withdrew but whose depositions have been included in the proceedings.

Just take a look at this simplified list of what they profess and where and compare.

The plaintiffs’ experts from universities:

M. V. Lee Badgett – Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nancy F. Cott – American History, Harvard University

George Chauncey – History, Yale

Gregory M. Herek – Psychology, University of California, Davis

Michael Lamb – Social and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge University

Ilan H. Meyer – Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University (Mailman School of Public Health)

Letitia Anne Peplau – Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Gary M. Segura – American Politics, Stanford University

The defense’s experts from universities:

Kenneth P. Miller – Government, Claremont McKenna College

Katherine Young – Religious Studies, McGill University

Paul Nathanson – Religious Studies, McGill University

So where do you think higher education stands in terms of marriage equality?

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