Wilfred M. McClay is an American intellectual historian, a noted conservative public intellectual, and the current occupant of the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Wilfred M. McClay graduated from St. John’s College and The Johns Hopkins University, from which he received a PhD in history in 1987.
He taught at Georgetown University, Tulane University, The Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Dallas before moving to the University of Tennessee in 1999.
He is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a member of the Philadelphia Society and of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions of Princeton University. He was appointed in 2002 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Ralston College and on the editorial/advisory boards of The Wilson Quarterly, First Things, Society, Historically Speaking, The University Bookman,The New Atlantis, and The City.