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Theodore Pauls
Department Chair
Email: tpauls@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2313

C. Bradley Thompson

C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study Capitalism. 

He received his Ph.D at Brown University, and he has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.

Professor Thompson has published five books, including:

  • the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty

  • Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea

  • The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams

  • Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860

  • Freedom and School Choice in American Education.

In recent years, Dr. Thompson has also published essays on a range of topics such as children's rights, natural law theory, Marxism, Progressive education, and free-market education. 

He is currently completing two books: one on The Ideological Origins of American Constitutionalism and another to be titled Our Killing Schools: How America's Government Schools are Destroying the Minds and Souls of Our Children.

Dr. Thompson is also an occasional writer for The Times Literary Supplement of London and The Objective Standard.  He has lectured around the country on education reform and his op-ed essays have appeared in scores of newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.  His lectures on the political thought of John Adams have twice appeared on C-SPAN, and he has been a guest on the John Stossell Show.

In a former life, Dr. Thompson played on the 1978 Queen's University national championship football team in Canada, and in 1980 he placed third in the long jump at the Canadian Track & Field Olympic Trials.  Dr. Thompson is married and the father of three homeschooled children.  He supports Arsenal Football Club.

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