Claire McCaffery Griffin

Council Member

Claire Griffin

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Claire McCaffery Griffin is an independent consultant with over forty-five years of experience in education. She was a secondary school history, government, and language arts teacher and a vice president of a civic education nonprofit. Currently she consults with federal agencies and nonprofits to promote humanities education. She has written or edited works about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, The Federalist Papers, the Supreme Court, the presidency, and the legacy of communism. She has created seminars and directed colloquia and multiple conference presentations for teachers from all fifty states as well as educators from Russia, China, Japan, and South Africa. Over the course of her career, Griffin has collaborated with the National Endowment for the Humanities as a seminar participant, program director, and peer evaluator. She is a James Madison Fellow (Hawaii, 1992) and serves on the board of the National Council for History Education. Griffin earned a BA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.