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About CISC

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C. Bradley Thompson, Executive Director
Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

There is no question today more urgent and that deserves greater attention than this: Is capitalism a just and moral system?

At the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, our mission is to explore the moral foundations of capitalism. In pursuit of this mission, we work with students, the academic community and the general public to increase public awareness of capitalism's core principles and institutions.

Brad Thompson class Teaching

In addition to our Lyceum Scholars Program, each year the Clemson Institute teaches 600 - 800 students in up to 20 different courses.

Image of book Economic MoralityScholarship

Faculty members affiliated with the Clemson Institute regularly publish books and in academic journals. Each year, we host a Hayek Visiting Scholar to help develop the careers of junior researchers.

Speaker in auditorium Outreach

The Clemson Institute hosts the largest public lecture series at Clemson University. Past speakers include Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, George F. Will, Tyler Cowen, Richard Epstein, Lawrence W. Reed and Alan Charles Kors.

Faculty Books



The Institute was founded on the belief that scholarship regarding morality, politics and economics must rigorously adhere to reality and human nature. We, therefore, examine how certain ideas actually work in practice and whether those ideas produce freedom, opportunity and prosperity for those who affirm them. View Books by Institute Faculty on Amazon.

Academic Advisory Council

  • Photo of Gary Becker

    Gary S. Becker

    University of Chicago
    Winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economics

  • Photo of Robert Ekelund

    Robert B. Ekelund

    Auburn University

  • Photo of Richard Epstein

    Richard A. Epstein

    University of Chicago Law School

  • Kenneth French

    Kenneth R. French

    Dartmouth College

  • Photo of Robert George

    Robert P. George

    Princeton University

  • Photo of Alan Charles Kors

    Alan Charles Kors

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Photo of Harvey Mansfield

    Harvey C. Mansfield

    Harvard University

  • Photo of Tara Smith

    Tara Smith

    The University of Texas

  • Photo of Vernon Smith

    Vernon Smith

    Chapman University
    Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics

  • Photo of Gordon Wood

    Gordon S. Wood

    Brown University
    Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for History