Craig Evan Klafter was born in New York and raised there, in France, in St. Maarten, N.A., and in England. He earned a B.A. with General Honors in History and an M.A. in History from the University of Chicago, and a D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford where he studied under J.R. Pole and was the recipient of an Overseas Research Student Award and a University of Oxford Bursary.
He has held faculty positions at the University of Manchester, the University of Southampton, Boston University, and the University of British Columbia. He has also served as Associate Historian at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., Assistant to the Provost and Assistant to the President at Boston University, Associate Vice-President International at The University of British Columbia; Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations at Oxford Brookes University, and President of Ingenia, Inc. – a consulting firm that specializes in helping universities with internationalization, overseas fundraising, and strategic planning. He joined the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 as Associate Provost for International Programs and Associate Professor of History.
Professor Klafter has published four books and numerous articles on legal, educational, and diplomatic history, legal practice management, and national identity. He is a recipient of a Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Scholarship and the Webb-Smith Essay Prize from the University of Texas for his essay, "The Americanization of Blackstone's Commentaries." He has been an historical consultant for two television series: Jeeves and Wooster (Carnival Films, London Weekend Television, 1992) and The American Revolution (BBC, 1993). He is Treasurer of the American Society for Legal History and is President-emeritus of the St. Catherine’s College (Oxford) Foundation.