Since 1975, the Society of the Cincinnati has sponsored the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, which recognizes the scholarship of leading historians of the American Revolution. Some of the Clark Lecturers-most notably Edmund S. Morgan, whose The Genius of George Washington is a classic of Washington scholarship-have presented lectures that stand alone as important works of scholarship. Others, including David McCullough, have offered a very personal perspective on one of their major published works. Gordon S. Wood and others have distilled a generation of classroom teaching and scholarship into a synthesis illuminating the major significance of the American Revolution. Still others, including David Hackett Fischer, have offered a glimpse of the historian's craft by presenting a lecture based on their ongoing research.
Andrew O’Shaughnessy is the Vice President of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is a dual citizen of Britain and the United States. After completing his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Oxford University, he taught at Eton College before becoming a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a professor of American history at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he was chair of the History department between 1998 and 2003. He is the author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000). His most recent book The Men Who Lost America. British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013) received five national awards including the New York Historical Society American History Book Prize and the George Washington Book Prize. He has lectured widely to both scholarly and general audiences including the American Philosophical Society, the Oxford Discovery Programme on board the Queen Mary II and the University of Virginia Continuing Education Program at Colonial Williamsburg. He is an editor of the Jeffersonian American Series of the University of Virginia Press and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.