Professor of History
B.S., University of Santa Clara
M.A., California State University
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
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 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 has also served VWU as director of the general studies program (1999-2005) and as chair of the social science division (2005-11). His published books inlcude Authority and Dissent in the English Church (Edwin Mellen, 1997), The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal (Greenwood, 2001) and Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age (McFarland, 2014). In January 2018 Dr. Drees began a two-year term as national president of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society in history.
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.
Africa, South Africa
Medieval Islamic World
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HIST426*01 Euro Heresy & the Witch-Hunt
HIST251*01 Tpc: England to 1715
HIST319*01 Early Mod Europe, 1300-1789
HIST111*01 World History to A.D. 1600
HIST260*01 Intro to Historiography
HIST252*01 Tpc: Intro to Africa