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.

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

Petria Hoffpauir

Petria Hoffpauir

Assistant Director of the Clemson Institute

Petria Hoffpauir is the Assistant Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. She holds a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Politics from Claremont Graduate University. Ms. Hoffpauir most recently served as Coordinator for the Salvatori Center Program on Leo Strauss at Claremont McKenna College and as Interim Summer Fellowship Coordinator for the Claremont Institute. Prior to graduate school, she served as the Assistant Director of Scheduling for the Illinois Attorney General.

Ms. Hoffpauir is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. She has taught courses on American politics and political philosophy.

Office Phone: 864.656.5481

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

Email: phoffpa@clemson.edu


Academic Programs Coordinator

Zoe Rose Harness is the Programs Coordinator for the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. She received her B.A. in Politics and Communications from Hillsdale College. Ms. Harness has worked in both the Michigan State Senate and Michigan State House of Representatives, most recently serving as Director of Constituent Relations for a Michigan State Representative. She previously worked for the Cato Institute as a Media Relations Intern and for the City of Riverside, CA as a Strategic Communications Project Leader Intern. Ms. Harness is originally from California and loves traveling; she has visited all 50 States. Her passion is connecting students to free-market ideas.

Office Phone: 864.656.2133

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

Email: zharnes@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


Associate 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: bturne2@clemson.edu

J. Michael Hoffpauir


Associate Director of the Lyceum Program and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Michael Hoffpauir is Associate Director of the Lyceum Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science at Clemson University. He comes to Clemson from Hillsdale College where he taught courses in American politics and political philosophy. Mr. Hoffpauir received a B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and a Ph.D. with a focus on political philosophy and American politics from Claremont Graduate University.

He is also the author of Between Socrates and the Many: A Study of Plato’s Crito (Lexington Books, forthcoming). Along with Mark Blitz, he wrote “Plato’s Political Thought” for the Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, and, along with Mark Blitz and Gayle McKeen, he edited Leo Strauss 1971-1972 Course on Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil for the Leo Strauss Center at the University of Chicago.

Office Phone: 864.656.9522

Office Address:150 Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: jmhoffp@clemson.edu

Bradley Hobbs

Bradley Hobbs

Clinical Professor of Economics

Bradley K. Hobbs is Clinical Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He was previously the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise at Florida Gulf Coast University for 19 years and was the sole founding faculty member of the economics department at that institution. He earned his undergraduate degree in history (1983) and then his PhD in economics from Florida State University (1991). Professor Hobbs has been active in undergraduate education having served as the founding Faculty Advisor for two undergraduate research journals. He earned the Bellarmine College Instructional Development Award (1993), the Florida Gulf Coast University - Senior Faculty Teaching Award (2003-2004), and an Acton Foundation Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award (2008). He has taught or directed seminars for a number of national organizations including the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), and The Liberty Fund. His research work is wide in range encompassing property rights, economic freedom, economic growth, financial markets, economic and intellectual history, the philosophical foundations of markets, and teaching. He has published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, The Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, Laissez-Faire, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Journal of Executive Education, Journal of Private Enterprise, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Financial Practice and Education, Research in Finance, and others. Current research projects include a stream of literature on relationships between economic freedom, economic growth, and entrepreneurial behavior; cost changes in higher education; and a book project promoting humanism through libertarianism. Professor Hobbs was invited to Clemson University as the F.A. Hayek Visiting Scholar in the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC) for a Visiting Appointment in 2012-13. He serves as a Research Fellow at the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Florida and on the Board as the Academic Advisor for The Bastiat Society in Columbia, South Carolina. Professor Hobbs is a Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and a long-time member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Office Phone: 864.656.1904

Office Address: 219 Sirrine Hall, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: hobbs4@clemson.edu

Kevin Vance

Kevin Vance

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Kevin G. Vance is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. His research is in the area of constitutional law and religious liberty. He has taught courses in constitutional law and political theory. His other research interests include American political thought, constitutional interpretation, comparative and American constitutional law, political philosophy, and judicial politics. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, and he received his bachelor’s degree in government from Claremont McKenna College.

Office Phone: 864.656.3233

Office Address: 232 Brackett Hall, Clemson University Clemson, SC 29634

Email: kgvance@clemson.edu

John Pascarella

John Pascarella

Hayek Visiting Scholar 2018-2019

John Antonio Pascarella earned his B.A. from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Texas, specializing Political Theory. His teaching interests include the History of Political Thought and International Politics. His research focuses on Aristotle’s political philosophy. Currently he is working on a book chapter about the logic for restricting speech in Hobbes’s Leviathan. He is also drafting a manuscript for a book exploring the relationship between politics and economics in Aristotle’s political works.

Office Phone: 864.656.2388

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

Email: jpascar@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

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 served as dean of the Clemson College of Business and Behavioral Sciences from 2004 - 2007 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

Email: yandle@clemson.edu


BB&T Senior Fellow - Professor of Economics
(1942 - 2016)

Professor Tollison was Editor of Public Choice for 17 years. 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: Professor Tollison authored and co-authored 12 books and numerous textbooks, more than 100 invited articles in edited collections and approximately 250 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals. Among these include: Politicized Economics, Sacred Trust, The National Collegiate Athletic Association: A Study in Cartel Behavior, Economics: Private Markets and Public Choice


Emeritus Dean of the College of Business

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

Email: sixmile@clemson.edu

Past Scholars

Kimberly Hale

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

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

Lori Molinari

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Jeremy Fortier

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Joshua D. King

Hayek Visiting Scholar
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017