Lucas Morel John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics

Lucas Morel

Huntley 121A
Curriculum Vitae
on leave 2020-2021 Academic Year

Professor Morel arrivedat W&L in July 1999 from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he had taught from 1994 to 1999 at John Brown University. He also teaches in the Master’s Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ohio, summer programs for the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and high school teacher workshops sponsored by the John M. Ashbrook Center, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and the Liberty Fund. In 2008-09, he was the Garwood Visiting Research Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Prof. Morel is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, former president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a consultant on Library of Congress exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War, was a member of the scholarly board of advisors for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and currently serves on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which will plan activities to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. He has written for the "Los Angeles Times," "Christian Science Monitor," and "Richmond Times-Dispatch," and recently completed a book titled "Lincoln and the American Founding" for the Concise Lincoln Library Series of Southern Illinois University Press (to be published July 4th, 2020).

America Wasn’t Founded on White Supremacy: A Rebuttal to the ‘1619 Project,’” online essay for The American Mind (October 17, 2019)

Podcast: “Breaking Down the 1619 Project, Pt. 4,” Power Line/ Podcast (interviewed by Steve Hayward) (aired Sept. 29)

Podcast: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, National Review Podcast (interviewed by John Miller) (aired Sept. 10)

Podcast: “Lincoln’s Constitutional Vision,” National Constitution Center, “We the People” Podcast (interviewed by Jeffrey Rosen; Sidney Blumenthal co-interviewee) (aired Aug. 23)

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


Ph.D., Political Science, The Claremont Graduate University 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

Frederick Douglass

Ralph Ellison


Politics 100 – American National Government

Politics 111 – Introduction to Political Philosophy

Politics 250 – Race and Equality

Politics 350 – Ralph Ellison and the American Dream

Politics 360 – Lincoln's Statesmanship

Selected Publications

Lincoln and the American Founding (Southern Illinois University Press-Concise Lincoln Library Series; forthcoming, July 4th, 2020)

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)