Robert Lowry Clinton

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture

Robert Lowry Clinton received his Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently professor emeritus in the department of political science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which he chaired from 2004 until 2012. Dr. Clinton has published two books and numerous articles in periodicals such as First Things, the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Journal of Supreme Court History. In 2001, he gave a nationally-televised address at the U. S. Supreme Court. In 2007-2008, he was William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

In God and Man in the Law: The Foundations of Anglo-American Constitutionalism, which ranges widely over the fields of Anglo-American constitutional and legal history, natural law theory, political philosophy, and theology. Dr. Clinton contends that a theistic, God-centered Constitution is more compatible with the American constitutional tradition than the agnostic, human-centered Constitution that has been developed more recently by the American judiciary. Dr. Clinton is now working on a book challenging scientific naturalism and its implications for social and political science.