Edward Clayton
  • Position: Professor, MA Director
  • Department: Political Science & Public Administration
  • Campus Address: Anspach Hall 245
  • Phone: (989)774-1621
  • Email: clayt1ew@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Political Science, December 1998
    Dissertation: "Civic Friendship, Ancient and Modern"
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., Political Science, December 1996
    The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
  • B.A., Political Science, May 1989
    Honors Independent Study Thesis: "Judicial Decision-Making and Abortion"

Fields of Specialization

  • Greek and Roman Political Theory
  • Democratic Political Theory
  • Liberalism and Communitarianism

Current Research Interests

The political philosophy of Aesop's Fables and the Life of Aesop as they have been interpreted and used from Greek times to the present. Also, the political philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre, particularly the relationship of his most recent work to the literature on caring that has been developed by feminist writers. I am also researching methods of teaching critical thinking skills in the classroom as part of the process of developing a new course on critical thinking.

Dr. Clayton serves as the Master of Arts (MA) program director.