Writing & Research


Abe’s Youth

Abe’s Youth (provisional title, under contract with Indiana University Press) is co-edited with William “Bill” Bartelt. The book unearths vital primary source material and culls together the Lincoln Inquiry’s most historically rigorous and significant contributions with illuminating and insightful annotations.

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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 book clocks in at over 500 pages and offers an unparalleled history of a family that spawned a number of leaders in engineering (especially with the Panama Canal), sports, and the law and politics.

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Legal Publications and Teaching

  • “Trump Administration Looks to Boost Private Activity Bonds,” 2x4x10, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Winter 2017.
  • “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.
  • 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.

History Publications

Popular Press Publications

This list reflects a portion of some pieces that are still available online. Additional commentary has appeared on television on CNN, 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

  • “Municipal Resolutions, Ordinances and Codifications,” Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (2018)
  • “Consolidation of Local Income Taxes,” Jackson Kelly PLLC Municipal Law Seminar (2017)
  • “The Arc of Our New History,” Indiana Political Science Association (2017)
  • “The American Presidency” (Roundtable), Indiana Political Science Association (2017, 2018)
  • “Little Egypt Goes to War,” Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable (2017)
  • “Lincoln’s Almanac Trial,” Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable (2015)
  • “Post-Civil War Fraternities,” Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable (2014)

Personal Reflections

Travel Diaries