Clancy Martin (he/him)

Clancy Martin
Professor of Philosophy
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Cherry Hall 413
Suicide; ethics; mental health; creative writing; existentialism


Clancy Martin is professor of philosophy at UMKC. His research covers the ethics of social and behavioral health, especially in the areas of suicide prevention and the treatment of addiction, and the use of storytelling as part of the therapeutic process. He has published more than 10 books on a variety of subjects, mostly philosophical, including two novels, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ethics, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Harper’s (where he is a contributing editor), Vice (where he is a contributing editor) and dozens of other magazines, journals and newspapers. His work has been optioned for movies and television and has been translated into more than 30 languages, and he has won a Guggenheim Fellowship among other fellowships and awards.

Martin teaches 19th Century Philosophy, Existentialism, Bioethics, Philosophy of Mind, Logic, Philosophy of Literature, and other courses for the philosophy department. He has five children, is married to the writer Amie Barrodale and lives in midtown Kansas City near The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2003