Lucas Morel Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department

Lucas Morel

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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 a board member 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 and the American Founding" for the Concise Lincoln Library Series of Southern University Press.

Lucas Morel on Teaching Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”



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

Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, editor (University Press of Kentucky, 2015)

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

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

The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, co-editor (University Press of Mississippi, 2016)