Dr. Wilfred M. McClay is 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

Through the Trinity Forum Speakers Bureau, Dr. Wilfred M. McClay is available to speak on such topics as character, faith & worldview, public life & government, and cultural engagement. A sampling of titles from his previous presentations include: “A Short History of Happiness,” “Why Forgiveness Must Be Costly,” “The Benefits and Dangers of Civil Religion,” “The Soul of a Nation: Education and Moral Formation,” and “Anticipation and Preservation: The Cultural Task of Cities.”

To inquire into the availability of Wilfred M. McClay for your upcoming event, email mail@ttf.org.

Selected Publications