Wilfred M. McClay has been SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since 1999. He has also taught at Pepperdine University, the University of Rome, Georgetown University, Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Dallas, and is Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, and Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, also in Washington. He has served since 2002 as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is author of The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (North Carolina, 1994), which won the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians. Among his other books are The Student's Guide to U.S. History (2001), Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in Modern America (2003), and Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (2007). He was educated at St. John's College (Annapolis) and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1987.