George T. Crane

Sam (George T.) Crane

Edward S. Greenbaum 1910 Professor in Political Science and Director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University

Williams Oxford Program
At Williams since 1989


B.A. State University of New York, Purchase (1979)
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Political Science (1981)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Political Science (1986)

Areas of Expertise

In recent years my writing and research have focused on ancient Chinese philosophy. I made a first foray into this field with, Aidan’s Way. I then published Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life,  which explores applications of Confucian and Daoist ideas to contemporary issues.

I blog on ancient Chinese thought at The Useless Tree. And I have made a book out of that blog, that has just been published (2019): Blogging China in the 21st Century: Philosophical, Historical, and Political Observations from The Useless Tree Blog.


Current Committees

  • Global Studies