Lucas Morel
Lucas E. Morel
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Lucas E. Morel
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty


Lucas Morel is Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He teaches American government, political philosophy, constitutional law, black American politics, and politics and literature, with research interests in Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison. He also teaches in the Master’s Program in American History and Government at Ashland University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Morel is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and a member of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which will plan activities to commemorate the founding of the United States of America. He has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He has conducted history workshops for high school teachers throughout the country and co-written lessons on antebellum and Civil War America and the modern Civil Rights Movement for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also written for the Los Angeles TimesChristian Science MonitorFirst Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government (2000) and editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man” (2004). He also edited Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages (2014), and co-edited The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century (2016). His latest book, Lincoln and the American Founding, will be published in the Concise Lincoln Library Series of Southern Illinois University Press in June 2020.

Research Areas

Abraham Lincoln
Ralph Ellison
Black American Politics
Political Philosophy
American Government


PhD, Claremont Graduate School
MA, Claremont Graduate School
BA, Claremont McKenna College

Courses Taught

AHG 510 - Ralph Ellison
AHG 621 - Race and Equality in America
AHG 503 - Sectionalism and Civil War
AHG 608 - Civil War and Reconstruction
AHG 680 - Liberty and Equality in American History and Literature
AHG 680 - The Civil War in American History and Literature