Dr. Wilfred M. McClay Senior Fellow

Dr. Wilfred M. McClay is the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, and the Director of the Center for the History of Liberty.

His 1994 book The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America won the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books are The Student’s Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, and, with Ted V. McAllister, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America.

He served for eleven years on the National Council on the Humanities, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education. He is a graduate of St. John’s College (Annapolis) and received his Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University.

Speaker’s Bureau

Dr. McClay has spoken at several Trinity Forum Evening Conversations on topics such as character, faith & worldview, public life & government, and cultural engagement, including:

“The Strange Persistence of Guilt in a Post-Religious World: How it Affects our Public Life and What We Can Do About It.” available here: https://bit.ly/2NPWgn4

Related Trinity Forum Readings

Click here to purchase a copy of our Trinity Forum Reading of “The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness” featuring an original introduction by Wilfred M. McClay.