Dr. Eric Daniels is an educator and scholar with specialized interests in American history, the history of capitalism, intellectual and legal history, and educational theory and practice.

Academic Appointments:

  • Assistant Director, The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, Clemson University (current).
  • Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, Clemson University.
  • Visiting Professor on behalf of The Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Research Associate, Program on Values and Ethics in the Marketplace, Duke University.


  • Ph.D. and M.A. in History with a minor in Political Philosophy, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • B.A. in History and Rhetoric, Drake University

Selected Publications:

  • “A Brief History of Individualism in American Thought,” book chapter in Don Forsyth and Chrystal Hoyt, eds., For the Greater Good of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • U.S. Economic Freedom Index, 2008 Report, Lawrence McQuillan, Michael Maloney, Eric Daniels, and Brent Eastwood, (San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute).
  • “Reversing Course: American Attitudes about Monopolies, 1607–1890,” in Gary Hull, ed., The Abolition of Antitrust (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers).
  • Contributing writer to Paul Boyer, ed., The Oxford Companion to United States History (New York: Oxford University Press).

Other Professional Training and Experience:

  • Teacher and Curriculum Developer, LePort Montessori, Irvine, California.
  • Head of School, LePort Montessori, Irvine, California.
  • Adolescent Education from the Association Montessori Internationale and North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (AMI/NAMTA).
  • Whole School Management training from NAMTA.
  • Certified training in assessing Developmental Environment Rating (DERS) from the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector.