A recently released University of Miami study shows that when historians rank Presidents, the top spots always go to Commanders in Chief who ruled from the left. According to the study, these choices reflect a fundamentally liberal bias in academia, as opposed to the merits of the Presidents themselves.
“Political science professor Joseph E. Uscinski, one of the study’s authors, said the new analysis shows that the overwhelmingly liberal academic community consistently ranks Republican Presidents about 10 spots lower than the public would,” a Washington Times article read.
“When progressive or liberal presidencies dominate these lists, those attributes begin to be associated with the criteria of what makes a great president,” Uscinski said to The Times.
Researchers involved with the study said time, as well as political inclination, can color historians’ views of past Presidents. Joan Hoff, a feminist historian interviewed for the article, said a President’s historical persona can color our memory.
“Look at how highly JFK ranks. His accomplishments in office were practically nil,” Hoff said.
Author Gil Troy echoed this view in his interview with the paper. “I call it the ‘Presidential Stock Market,’ where the values of a presidency, over time, ebb and flow,” Troy said. “But it’s a very healthy discussion to have. The presidency is a larger-than-life office, and the men who serve there make up, in large part, the American pantheon.”