Jay H. Buckley

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Jay H. Buckley is a history professor at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies—a position he will hold until September, 2021. He had previously served on the Redd Center board of directors. The Redd Center promotes the study of the Intermountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) by sponsoring research, publication, teaching, and public programs.

Buckley also directs the American Indian Studies academic minor at BYU. His research and publication interests have included the American West, exploration, fur trade, and American Indians. He penned the award-winning William Clark: Indian Diplomat and cowrote Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (with Matthew L. Harris); By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis (with James J. Holmberg and John D. W. Guice); Orem (with Chase Arnold); The Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier (with Brenden W. Rensink); Explorers of the American West: Mapping the World Through Primary Documents (with Jeffery D. Nokes); and America Looks West: Lewis and Clark on the Missouri (with seven others). He is a past president of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

He holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.