Faculty Spotlight

Lucas Morel
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Lucas Morel is the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and 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 just published an edited volume of scholarly essays entitled Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages (2014), and is a contributing editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi.

Professor David Tucker in class

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In addition to the faculty of Ashland’s own Department of History and Political Science, the MA program’s unique schedule and course delivery options make it possible for noted faculty from universities around the nation to teach with us. At a traditional brick-and-mortar masters of history or political science program, you will study under a small handful of faculty with a narrow range of research interests. At Ashland, you will learn from some of the nation's leading professors of history and of political science.

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Professor David Krugler discusses US-Soviet relations in America During the Cold War.

Our standards and expectations for our faculty are high. Unlike typical online programs, in which an administrator develops the course curriculum and the instructor merely follows the predeveloped script, our masters of history faculty are free to use their research and teaching expertise to develop rich, dynamic lessons. Class meetings are discussions with an exchange of ideas. Forget the old “sage on the stage” model of dry, one-way lectures. At Ashland, your professors view you as a professional and a peer.

Each of our professors are distinguished lecturers with significant scholarly publications to their credit. In no other program will you learn from the best faculty from institutions like Pepperdine University, Boston College, the University of Dallas, Skidmore College, the United States Military Academy, Michigan State University, Hillsdale College, and more.

Students in our MASTAHG program will also learn from some of the best education faculty available. Each of Ashland's online education courses are taught by full-time professors in our College of Education. Whereas many other institutions will offer courses taught by part-time instructors with limited research experience, you will learn the latest in curriculum and instruction from scholars with a research background.

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