Striking charts show the lack of diversity among U.S. college professors

This image was removed due to legal reasons.

Over the last month, college campuses across the country have been rocked by protests over issues of race and inclusion. One of the most common demands by these protestors has concerned the faculty not being as diverse as the student body.


As charts made by Mother Jones show, these students may be on to something.

Colleges and universities are required to report diversity data to the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the Department of Education, MoJo reports.

Unsurprisingly, the numbers show that the teaching staff America's universities are much whiter and much more male than the general population, with Hispanics and African-Americans especially underrepresented. At some schools, like Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Princeton, there are more foreign teachers than Hispanic and black teachers combined.

No school on the chart really matches the demographics of the U.S. population as a whole.

Look at one of the charts below.

This image was removed due to legal reasons.

There may be some movement in the coming years, both spurred on by these protests and due to a growing recognition within universities that faculties should be more reflective of their student bodies. Brown University, whose faculty is mostly white and male, recently announced a $100 million plan to "address diversity and racism" on the school's Providence campus over the next ten years. The Providence Journal reported that the plan called for outreach to people of color who are prospective students as well as "adding issues of race, ethnicity and identity to teaching and research on such topics as environment, health, technology and global affairs."

If more school take initiatives like Brown,  charts like the above should become a lot less monochromatic in upcoming years.


[H/T Mother Jones, check out the interactive charts on their site.]

David Matthews operates the Wayback Machine on—hop on. Got a tip? Email him: