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Wilfred McClay, Ph.D.
2009-2010 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor

Office: School of Public Policy (SPP) 260
Phone: (310) 506-7490
Fax: (310) 506-7494

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., St. John's College

Wilfred M. McClay is the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is also professor of history, since 1999. He is Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and has served since 2002 on the National Council on the Humanities. Among his books is The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, which won the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians.

McClay was Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Studies for Spring 2007 at the University of Rome, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education, the Howard Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Danforth Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of First Things, Wilson Quarterly, Society, and The New Atlantis, and is a frequent contributor to a wide variety of both scholarly and general-interest publications. He was educated at St. John's College (Annapolis) and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1987.

  • Seminar in Political Issues: The Problem of Expertise in a Democratic Society