Thomas Clayton

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  • Professor
  • Linguistics
1665 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-1604
Research Interests:

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh


I am interested in language planning and policy -- that is, the decisions that governments and other organizations make about languages, and in the implications of these decisions for local participation, national development, and global relations.  I have studied these issues extensively in Cambodia, where I directed the first U.S. educational program in the post-war era (for the State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991–1992), and where I was the first Fulbright scholar to that country (in 2000).

Administration at the University of Kentucky:
  • Director, MA-TESL Program, 1996 - 2006
  • Chair, English Department, 2006 - 2010
  • Director, Center for English as a Second Language, 2010 - 2017
Selected Publications: 


  • 2006. Language choice in a nation under transition: English language spread in Cambodia. New York: Springer ("Language Policy" series, No. 5).
  • 2006. Rethinking hegemony. Edited. Melbourne: James Nicholas Publishers ("International Studies in Education and Social Change" series).
  • 2000. Education and the politics of language: Hegemony and pragmatism in Cambodia, 1979-1989. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, Comparative Education Research Centre ("Studies in Comparative Education" No. 8).


  • For a selection, see Google Scholar -- "Thomas Clayton language" and "Thomas Clayton Cambodia"



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