Dr. McCaffray attended Middlebury College for his undergraduate education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, graduating with honors and winning the Marci J. Stewart Memorial Award, which is awarded by the History Department to the student who has shown outstanding personal and academic qualities. He also studied Russian extensively, including at the college’s summer immersion program and during a semester abroad in Russia. Dr. McCaffray attended Arizona State University for his graduate studies, earning both his Master and Doctoral degrees in Medieval History, with an additional focus in Global History.
Dr. McCaffray previously taught World Civilizations at Bunker Hill Community College and several courses in Pre-modern History at Arizona State.
He was drawn to BASIS Independent McLean because of the institution’s reputation for high standards and innovation, and because of the opportunity to participate in the founding of a new school. He is eager to train students in thinking globally and historically, and to pioneer new educational methods.
Dr. McCaffray’s research took him to Paris, where he studied documents made and used in monasteries a thousand years ago. He found it very interesting to explore the city, get to know the archives, and to observe such ancient sources!