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Lucas Morel

Class of 1960 Professor of Politics

Lucas Morel

Huntley 120
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Morel arrived at W&L in July 1999 from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he had taught from 1994 to 1999 at John Brown University. His teaching and research interests are American government, political theory, Abraham Lincoln, and black American politics. He also serves as a pre-law advisor for the undergraduate university at large. Dr. Morel is president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. In the 2008-09 academic year, he was the Garwood Visiting Research Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He also teaches in the Summer Masters Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he also serves on the board of advisors. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Richmond Times-Dispatch, and is currently writing a book entitled "Lincoln, Race, and the Fragile American Republic."


Ph.D., Political Science, The Claremont Graduate School, 1994

M.A., Politics, The Claremont Graduate School, 1991

B.A., cum laude, Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1987


American government

Political philosophy

Black American politics

Abraham Lincoln

Ralph Ellison


Politics 100 – American National Government

Politics 111 – Introduction to Political Philosophy

Politics 250 – Black American Politics

Politics 350 – Ralph Ellison and the American Dream

Politics 360 – Lincoln's Statesmanship

Selected Publications

Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to "Invisible Man" (University Press of Kentucky, 2004)

Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000)

On the Nightstand

Adam Bradley, Ralph Ellison in Progress

Ralph Ellison, Three Days Before the Shooting . . .

Michael Lewis, The Big Short

Jack Nicklaus, Golf My Way

James T. Patterson, Freedom is Not Enough

Books & Culture: A Christian Review

Claremont Review of Books

Jewish Review of Books

Recommended Books

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, 2 vols.

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man and Juneteenth

Allen C. Guelzo, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America

Alan Jacobs, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis

Harry V. Jaffa, Crisis of the House Divided and A New Birth of Freedom

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

William Lee Miller, President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman

Peter C. Myers, Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism

Michael O'Brien, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse

Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Habit of Being

Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir

Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy