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Do you have the numbers on the exact percentages? Would be interesting to look at.

According to Ladd&Lipset study, in the 1968-1972 period Democrats outnumbered Republicans 4:1 in humanities and social sciences. That ratio changed to 8:1 in 2003 (Klein&Stern). I don't have the statistics on the earlier periods, but based on the indirect evidence I believe the split used to be more even.
Thus, even starting with a slight left bias will create a feedback loop, which over time would strengthen this bias.

This sounds very similar to Robert Conquest's Second Law: "Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing."