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The James L. Clayton Distinguished Research Chair

Gifts to the James L. Clayton Distinguished Research Chair support groundbreaking scholarship in all areas of historical inquiry. Projects ranging from a global history of mining to lynching in modern America and a history of African American life in Utah have all benefited from this Chair.

This innovative award was created to honor our colleague Jim Clayton, who served the History Department and the University of Utah with the highest distinction for forty years. A specialist in US economic and constitutional history, and the author of six books and nearly two-dozen articles on a number of topics, Jim’s classes were legendary among students. Excellence in the classroom brought him the Distinguished Honors Professor Award, the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award, and a University Professorship. He also served as director of the Honors Program, Dean of the Graduate School, and University Provost.

This competitive award offers vital support to the most promising research projects in the Department. Given to a member of the faculty for a two-year term, the Clayton Distinguished Research Chair presently provides an enhanced salary, a reduced teaching load, and a research fund to help complete a scholarly project.

The Department of History continues to seek support for this endowment so as to sustain the award in perpetuity. Through the generosity of many of Jim's students, colleagues, and friends, the Department of History has already raised a generous portion of it. If you are interested in supporting this Chair, please contact our Department Chair at (801) 585-0335 or visit the alumni donations page and designate a contribution to this fellowship.

Last Updated: 11/15/22