Thomas Clayton

  • Professor
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
1603 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-1604
Research Interests:

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh


I am a language policy scholar.  As such, I am interested in the decisions that governments and other organizations make about languages, and in the implications of these decisions in society.   I am particularly interested in educational language policies; educational systems are the primary venues for the implementation of national language policy decisions.  I have studied these issues extensively in Cambodia, where I directed the first U.S. educational program in the post-war era (for the State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991–1992), and where I was the first Fulbright scholar to that country (in 2000).

Areas of Specialty:

  • Language policy studies
  • Comparative and international education studies
  • Gramsci studies
  • Cambodian and Asian studies
Selected Publications: 


  • 2006. Language choice in a nation under transition: English language spread in Cambodia. New York: Springer ("Language Policy" series, No. 5).
  • 2006. Rethinking hegemony. Edited. Melbourne: James Nicholas Publishers ("International Studies in Education and Social Change" series).
  • 2000. Education and the politics of language: Hegemony and pragmatism in Cambodia, 1979-1989. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, Comparative Education Research Centre ("Studies in Comparative Education" No. 8).
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