Lucas Morel

Lucas Morel

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Member, MAHG Faculty Committee
Building: 
Ashbrook Center
Office Number: 
801
Phone: 
540.458.8161

Bio

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

Education

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 504 - Civil War and Reconstruction

Events

Jun
25

Join us for an address by Jennifer Keene, Professor of History at Chapman University, entitled American Patriotic Culture in World War I.

Jul
2

Join us for an address by Dr. Sarah Morgan Smith, Postgraduate Research Fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, entitled Papists, Pacificsts, and Puritans: The 17th Century Religious Origins of American Independence.

Jul
9

Join us for an address by Dan Monroe, Associate Professor of History at Millikin University, entitled Understanding the Honor Culture of the Antebellum South.

Jul
16

Join us for an address by Lucas Morel, Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, entitled Frederick Douglass on Race, Liberty, and the American Creed.