Wilfred M. McClay is a professor of history at Hillsdale College and a visiting scholar for the Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation
His book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, was awarded 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, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America, and Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.
McClay served on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities, for 11 years. He is a member of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which has been charged with planning the celebration of the nation's 250th birthday in 2026. He 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.