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David Claborn

College of Arts and Science

History and Political Science

Ph.D., 2007, University of Massachusetts
B.A., 1995, University of North Texas

 Dr. Claborn came to ONU from the doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts in 2006. His dissertation showed that when individual American states attempt to increase religious freedom, they aren't any more successful than states that don't, but both are more successful than the federal government. Similar research of his appears in the Journal of Church and State.

His teaching interests span the field of political science, and complement the methods of Olivet’s other political scientist, Dr. David Van Heemst. He is a regular participant in debates and discussions sponsored by the Capitol Hill Gang, an Olivet student club.

Dr. Claborn's experience outside the classroom includes working at Francis Schaeffer's L'Abri high in the Swiss Alps; traveling with the Texas Instruments legal team on a $1.5 billion case (they won); and managing an incumbent congressman's reelection campaign (they won that one, too).

Dr. Claborn bikes to work most days and loves hiking; woodworking; listening to the Sox (both Red and White) with his wife, Heather, son, Cal and daughter, Molly; and meaty discussions about the most important things in life.



For wisdom is a safeguard, as money is a safeguard, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to them that have it.