Wilfred M. McClay

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Wilfred M. McClay
EducationSt. John's College
The Johns Hopkins University
EmployerUniversity of Oklahoma
Hillsdale College

Wilfred M. McClay is an American academic and the current occupant of the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

McClay graduated from St. John's College, and received a Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University in 1987.[1]


McClay taught at Georgetown, Tulane, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Dallas before moving to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1999, where he held the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities.[1]

McClay is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center[2] and at The Trinity Forum, a member of the Philadelphia Society, and a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions of Princeton University.[1] From 2002 through 2012, he served on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities.[1]

McClay serves on the Board of Visitors of Ralston College[3] and on the editorial/advisory boards of The Wilson Quarterly, First Things, Society, Historically Speaking, The University Bookman, The New Atlantis,[4] and The City.[5]


  • 1995 Merle Curti Award
  • 1997-98 Templeton Honor Rolls
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • National Academy of Education Fellowship
  • Howard Foundation Fellowship
  • Earhart Foundation Fellowship
  • Danforth Foundation Fellowship



  1. ^ a b c d e Wilfred M. McClay, "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF), hosted on OU.edu
  2. ^ "Wilfred M. McClay, Senior Fellow" Ethics and Public Policy Center
  3. ^ http://www.ralston.ac
  4. ^ "Wilfred M. McClay, Contributing editor," The New Atlantis
  5. ^ The City, Winter 2011, p. 2

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