Faculty and Staff

C. Bradley Thompson


Executive Director

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.

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 a book on “The Ideological Origins of American Constitutionalism.”

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.

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 home-schooled children. He supports Arsenal Football Club.

Publications: Freedom and School Choice in American Education (2011), Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea (2010), Anti-Slavery Political Writings 1833-1860: A Reader (2003), The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams (2000), and John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (1998)

Office Phone: 864.656.1724

Office Address: 329B Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: tthomp2@clemson.edu

Eric Allison


Associate Director of Academic Programs

Eric Allison is the Associate Director of Academic Programs, including the Lyceum Scholars Program, for the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004) in philosophy and a M.A. in Great Books from St. John's College of Annapolis, Maryland (2009).

Publications: Economic Morality: Ancient to Modern Readings (Lexington Books, 2014)

Office Phone: 864.656.5481

Office Address: 329D Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: eallis2@clemson.edu

Colin Pearce


Department of Political Science

Colin D. Pearce holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. He has published in a number of journals including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, The Journal of the History of Ideas, Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Studies in Literary Imagination, The Kipling Journal, The Simms Review, South Carolina Review, Perspectives on Politics, Interpretation, Humanitas, Clio, Appraisal, The Explicator, Quadrant and other venues.

He was the William Gilmore Simms Professor at University of South Carolina in 2004 and is past president of the South Carolina Political Science Association. He has taught at a variety of universities and colleges, most recently at the University of Guelph-Humber and the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Office Phone: 864.656.5475

Office Address: 329C Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: cpearce@clemson.edu

Brandon Turner


Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science

Dr. Brandon Turner is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, where he works in political theory. He earned his B.A. from Miami University of Ohio (2004), and his M.A.and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008). He is currently revising a manuscript titled Antagonism in the Liberal Tradition. He previously taught for one year at Wake Forest University. His research interests are in the history of modern political thought, particularly British liberal thought, as well as theories of republicanism.

Office Phone: 864.656.3149

Office Address: 230D Brackett Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: bturne2r@clemson.edu


Programs Coordinator

Office Phone: 864.656.2133

Office Address: 329 Sirrine Hall, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: bromber@clemson.edu


Hayek Visiting Scholar

Dr. Hale received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Louisiana State University (2012) and also holds degrees from Washington and Lee University and Boston College. For more information on Dr. Hale and what she is working on, read our interview.

Office Phone: 864.656.2388

Office Address: 329A Sirrine Hall, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: khhale@clemson.edu

Richard Ebeling


Senior Fellow

Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Dr. Ebeling has also taught at Northwood University, Hillsdale College and the University of Dallas, and has served as the president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

He is the author of Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge 2010) and is currently editing a forthcoming volume in the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek (Univ. of Chicago Press).

He lives with his wife Anna in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.


Dean Emeritus - College of Business and Behavioral Science

Bruce Yandle is a distinguished Mercatus Center adjunct professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in public choice, regulation, and free-market environmentalism. Yandle frequently briefs Capitol Hill policymakers on economic issues and lectures regularly in Mercatus programs for House and Senate staffers.

Yandle is dean emeritus of the Clemson College of Business and Behavioral Sciences and was executive director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and senior economist on the President's Council on Wage and Price Stability

Publications: Bootleggers and Baptists, Taking the Environment Seriously, Agriculture and Environment, Agricultural Policy and the Environment, The Political Limits of Environmental Regulation, Common Sense and Common Law for the Environment, Public Choice and Regulation, Land Rights, Regulation and the Reagan Era

Office Phone: 864.656.3178

Office Address: 165 Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634


BB&T Senior Fellow - Professor of Economics

Professor Tollison is Editor of Public Choice. He has served on the faculties at Cornell University, Texas A & M University, Virginia Tech, Clemson University, and George Mason University, and served as Department Head at Texas A & M (1974-76) and as Director of the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason (1984-1998). Prof. Tollison has served in government twice-- as a Senior Staff Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1971-72) and as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission (1981-83). He is a past president of the Southern Economic Association (1985) and the Public Choice Society (1994-96). He is one of the world's foremost scholars in the field of public choice, and is presently working on a major study of the integration of intercollegiate and professional sports.

Publications: Politicized Economics, Sacred Trust, The National Collegiate Athletic Association: A Study in Cartel Behavior, Economics: Private Markets and Public Choice

Office Phone: 864.656.0483

Office Address: 201-G Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634


Interim Dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science

BB&T Scholar - Professor Emeritus of Economics

Robert McCormick earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Clemson and doctorate in economics from Texas A&M University. Currently, he serves as Senior Fellow at the Property Environment Economy Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance. McCormick does consulting in a number of areas of expertise, including corporate financial affairs, business planning and development, and environmental matters.

Office Phone: 864.656.3441

Office Address: 201-C Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Past Scholars

Brian P. Simpson

Visiting Scholar
Spring 2012

Peter McNamara

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2008

Adam Tebble

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Spring 2009

Eric Daniels

Research Assistant Professor

Bradley Hobbs

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Henry C. Clark

Visiting Professor

Andrew Bernstein

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Jeremy Fortier

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015