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Dr. Clayton J. Drees

Clayton J. Drees

Professor of History
Director of Faculty Mentoring


B.S., University of Santa Clara
M.A., California State University
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

Office Location: Clarke 207
Phone: 757-455-3402
Affiliation: Faculty
Department/s: History

Dr. Clay Drees earned his doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School in California in 1991 after having taught high school for seven years, including a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He is Professor of History and Director of Faculty Mentoring at Virginia Wesleyan, where he teaches courses in medieval and early modern European, African and Islamic history. A two-time recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray distinguished teaching award in 1998 and 2015, Drees also served six years as social science division chair between 2005-11. In January 2016 he took office as the national vice-president of Phi Alpha Theta, the U.S. honor society in history, and in January 2018 he will begin a two-year term as that honor society's national president.  Dr. Drees' third book, Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age, was published by McFarland Press in autumn 2014.

Authority and Dissent in the English Church. Edwin Mellen, 1997.

The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal 1300-1500. Greenwood, 2001.

Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age. McFarland, 2014.

  • Early Modern Europe
  • Tudor England
  • Medieval Europe
  • Africa, South Africa
  • Medieval Islamic World

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