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Lucas Morel

Lucas E. Morel

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Ashbrook Center
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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 received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the 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 board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. 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 Times, Christian Science MonitorFirst Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to "Invisible Man" (University Press of Kentucky, 2004) and the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000). He published an edited volume of scholarly essays entitled Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages (2014), and is co-editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, (University Press of Mississippi 2016).

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


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