Research Director, President's Office
Rick Claypool is the research director for the President's Office at Public Citizen. His main areas of research include corporate crime and accountability, money in politics and drug pricing. He has been a writer and grassroots organizer for Public Citizen since 2008. He received his master’s degree in popular culture studies from Bowling Green State University, where he wrote his thesis on ideology, technology and everyday life. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Vincent College, where he studied English. Before coming to Public Citizen, he assisted outreach and organizing efforts at a grassroots anti-hunger organization in Pittsburgh, wrote advocacy and investigative stories for an alternative newsweekly in Toledo, and taught courses in cultural theory and analysis to undergraduates in northwest Ohio.