Clayton received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has extensive experience in community-based research, including ethnographic work in Central and South America on indigenous rights and education (Bolivia, Ecuador and Guatemala) and in northern California on issues of US-Mexico immigration, community organizing and public schooling. He has also coordinated a number of cross-cultural service learning projects in both the United States and abroad related to K-12 education and youth development, human rights issues and public health services.
Before arriving at Stanford, Clayton held a dual appointment as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Service-Learning at the College of Coastal Georgia. Previous to that, he served as Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Office of Service-Learning in the Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University (2005-2010).
Clayton's forthcoming bookConfronting Suburban School Resegregation: The Case of District Secession in California(2014, University of Pennsylvania Press) examines the political and educational processes that have contributed to increasing White/Latino school re-segregation in suburban areas of the United States. The book focuses on the core issues at stake in citizen campaigns to re-organize school districts in ways that accomplish Latino/White segregation as well as the expressions of resistance being mobilized against these potent citizen campaigns, particularly from those within the working-class Latino community.