Writing & Research


Born of Clay

Born of Clay

Born of Clay charts the remarkable story of the Claiborne · Claybourn · Clayborn families in the United States beginning with Joshua Clyburn in the late 1790s. This unparalleled history of over 500 pages history gets progressively more detailed as the generations progress toward modernity. Click here to purchase.

Memorandum of the 80th Ill. Inf.

Memorandum of 80th Illinois

This work is a regimental log by Pvt. Armstrong McGee of the 80th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Never published before and previously unknown to historians, these Civil War notes document the group’s activities in the American Civil War from 27 October 1863 to 17 June 1865. Click here to purchase.

Life and Ancestry of Betty Morrow

Betty Morrow

This book charts the life and ancestry of my grandmother, Betty Jean Morrow (1931-2016). As a member of America’s “Greatest Generation,” she lived through portions of the Great Depression, World War II, and into the Twenty-First Century before passing away in 2016. This is her story. Click here to purchase.

Professional and Academic Work

  • “The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Local Human Rights Ordinances,” The Network, a publication of the Indiana State Bar Association (July 2016). Winner of the Donald R. Lundberg Writing Award presented annually by the Indiana State Bar Association.
  • Born of Clay, Claybourn Genealogical Society, 2016.
  • The Life and Ancestry of Betty Jean Morrow, Claybourn Genealogical Society, 2016.
  • A Memorandum of the 80th Illinois Infantry by Armstrong McGee (edited by Joshua A. Claybourn), Claybourn Genealogical Society, 2014.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Evansville, 2013. Taught Business Organizations (LS 350), a course on the legal organization of business entities, emphasizing the role of lawyers in forming various business organizations.
  • Research assistant to Prof. Gerard Magliocca (Indiana University McKinney School of Law). Assisted in the research and composition of Constitutional False Positives and the Populist Movement, 81 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 821 (2006). My research for this article also contributed to a subsequent book: Andrew Jackson and the Constitution: The Rise and Fall of Generational Regimes (Lawrence: U of Kansas Press, 2007).
  • Executive Articles Editor, Indiana Health Law Review, Vol. 3. Solicited and edited articles; ultimately responsible for accepting or rejecting articles submitted for publication in volume 3, which was comprised of two issues featuring ten articles, four student notes, and a symposium.

Selected Popular Press Publications

This list reflects a portion of some pieces that are still available online. Articles have been featured in, among others, The Federalist, Reason, The American Spectator, The Hill, World Magazine, The Washington Times, RealClearPolitics, and The Indianapolis Star, as well as on television on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NHK.


  • Claybourn Genealogical Society: I began the Claybourn Genealogical Society (CGS) to provide leadership in assembling and recording data and information on ancestors and descendants of the Claybourn families and to cultivate the ties of friendship among their descendants. CGS also works to preserve and safeguard manuscripts, books, cemeteries, and memorabilia relating to Claybourns.
  • Civil War Scholarship & Research: My passion for the American Civil War and historic research in this field is strong. I maintain memberships and leadership positions with a number of Civil War organizations. I am also in the process of researching and writing a new regimental history.
  • Claybourn Rare Book Collection: The Claybourn Rare Book Collection consists of numerous books with publication dates ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries along with a number of signed first editions. In addition to the Rare Book Collection, we also maintain several other collections of historic printed or published writings.

Selected Presentations

  • “The Arc of Our New History,” Indiana Political Science Association, March 2017.
  • “The American Presidency” (Roundtable), Indiana Political Science Association, March 2017.
  • “Little Egypt Goes to War,” Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable, January 2017.
  • “Lincoln’s Almanac Trial,” Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable, March 2015.
  • “Post-Civil War Fraternities,” Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable, May 2014.

Personal Reflections

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