Faculty Spotlight

Lucas Morel
Faculty

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.

Our Students

The economic realities faced by most prospective graduate students make the traditional graduate school experience impossible. Family commitments and financial responsibilities mean that giving up full-time employment is simply not an option. Fortunately, there's no need to compromise quality when looking for a program that offers the flexibility you need. With Ashland's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government, you can earn the master's in history or government you want all while still fulfilling your obligations as a spouse, parent, or professional.

What do your students have to say about their experience?

A lot. For many MAHG students, the program has changed their approach to teaching. Imagine being empowered to set aside that drab textbook and teaching entirely with original sources. Others have called their MAHG summers the experience they need to start the next school year with renewed energy and vigor. Studying a subject they love, surrounded by peers who share that same passion, makes this program the best choice for a truly serious social studies teacher. 

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Who are your students?

Most of our students are secondary school social studies teachers with widely varying degrees of experience. Our students range in age from 22 to 65, with an average age of 39. Some are new teachers having recently finished their undergraduate studies. Others are veteran educators who bring a wealth of practical experience to class with them. Still others are mature adults just starting out in the classroom after military service or a career change.

What they all have in common is a passion for American studies and a desire to become the seasoned scholars their students need. They know that graduate studies shouldn't simply be a way to complete certification requirements; they see a master's program a means to becoming a more knowledgeable, more effective teacher.

Are all of your students teachers?

No! While the program's unique summer and online schedule was developed to meet the needs of teachers, the program has attracted professionals from a range of occupations, as well as others who simply have a strong interest in history and American government. Because of the flexibility of our evening and weekend online courses and the intensive nature of our weeklong summer courses, the program has attracted government and legislative staff, higher education professionals, public policy researchers, museum and historical society staff, and others. In general, our students want to study under a veteran faculty of noted historians and political scientists at an established university on a schedule that fits their needs. Only Ashland offers this combination of quality and flexibility.  

Where do your students come from?

Quite literally, everywhere. Geographically, our students hail from more than 40 states and US territories, as well as several foreign countries. Unlike your local university, you will study alongside students from a broad geographic area, each offering their unique perspectives. Many of our students cite this opportunity to exchange ideas as one of the key benefits of the program. Our new fully-online MASTAHG option makes it even more convenient for students to attend, no matter where they live.