Lucas Morel

Dr. Lucas Morel is the Lewis G. John Term Professor and Acting Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, and taught at John Brown University and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville before arriving at Washington and Lee University. He has conducted workshops for high school teachers throughout the country and co-written lessons on the modern Civil Rights Movement and antebellum/Civil War America for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His teaching and research interests are American government, political theory, Abraham Lincoln, and black American politics. Dr. Morel is past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and a consultant on an upcoming exhibit at the Library of Congress commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. He is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man” (2004) and author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government (2000). He has also written for the Lincoln Lore, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Journal of Supreme Court History, First Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. His current book project is entitled “Lincoln, Race, and the Fragile American Republic.”