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C. Bradley Thompson

Professor, Political Theory and American Studies


Dr. C. Bradley Thompson teaches Political Theory and American Studies in the TFAS Santiago program in Chile.

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 of Capitalism.

Thompson has published six books, including his most recent, “America’s Revolutionary Mind,” 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” and “Freedom and School Choice in American Education.”

In recent years, 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 has lectured around the country on education reform and his op-eds 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 television programs hosted by John Stossell and Glenn Beck.

He is currently completing the tentatively titled book, “Our Killing Schools: How America’s Government Schools Are Destroying the Minds and Souls of Our Children.”

Thompson earned his doctorate at Brown University and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.