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James L. Clayton Distinguished Research Chair

James Clayton

The James L. Clayton Distinguished Research Chair is an innovative award created to honor our recently retired colleague, Jim Clayton, and offer vital support to especially promising research projects in the department. Jim served the History Department and the University of Utah with the highest distinction for forty years. He published six books and nearly two-dozen articles on a variety of topics, particularly in U.S. economic history. His classes on American Constitutional History, Economic History, and the Nature and Functions of Law were legendary among our students. Excellence in the classroom brought him the Distinguished Honors Professor Award, the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award, and a University Professorship. In addition, Jim served as director of the Honors Program, Dean of the Graduate School, and University Provost.

The Clayton Distinguished Research Chair is awarded to a member of the department for a two-year term. During that time, the faculty member will receive an enhanced salary, a reduced teaching load, a research fund, and a research assistant to help complete a scholarly project.

The criteria for the award state that its recipient should have "an established pattern of excellence in research and teaching" and a "strong record of service," and should also be pursuing an imaginative and creative project that is "likely to be substantially completed during the two-year term." 

Through the generosity of many of Jim's students, colleagues, and friends, the Department of History has raised a generous portion of the endowment necessary to sustain the award in perpetuity. We continue to seek support for this endowment. If you are interested, please contact our Department Chair, Isabel Moreira, at (801)581-6121 or click below to make a contribution to this distinguished Chair (please designate your contribution for the James L. Clayton Distinguished Research Chair).

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Last Updated: 4/1/21