Clay Jenkinson

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government


Key Areas of Expertise:

  • Historical Scholarship
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Writing

Clay Jenkinson began presenting Thomas Jefferson in character in 1984 and has since made presentations in nearly every state to thousands of gatherings, including school children, supreme court justices, a gala celebration of the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth at a White House event hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton, and many assemblies of state legislatures.

Mr. Jenkinson is a Rhodes and Danforth scholar and winner of one of the first five National Endowment of the Humanities highest honor - the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal). He has taught at Pomona College, the law school of the University of North Dakota, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Clay Jenkinson has served as a member of the Nevada Humanities Committee and is the founder and director of the Great Basin Chautauqua. He holds degrees in the humanities from the University of Minnesota and Oxford University.