Clay Jenkinson, who is among America's leading humanities scholars, is a former director of The Dakota Institute of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation. His portrayals of Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and other historic figures have delighted and enlightened audiences across the country, including the White House. He is a Rhodes and Danforth Scholar, Distinguished Humanities Scholar at Bismarck State College and lead scholar for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University.
He is the author of many books, the most recent of which is The Character of Meriwether Lewis, Explorer in the Wilderness: Essays on One of the Most Remarkable Men in American History (Washburn, North Dakota: Dakota Institute Press, 2011). He is also the editor of A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806 (Bismarck: State Historical Societyof North Dakota, 2003).
His most recent work is the magisterial, benchmark study, The Character of Meriwether Lewis, Explorer in the Wilderness: Essays on One of the Most Remarkable Men in American History (The Dakota Institute Press of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, 2011). With the permission of the publisher, Chapter 6, a deep study of the contentious issue of Lewis death, is reprinted in Discovering Lewis & Clark (see "What a Falling Off Was There").
He is also the voice behind The Thomas Jefferson Hour®, broadcast weekly via Prairie Public Radio.