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Lucas Morel is Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, where he has taught since 1999, and holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate 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 Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the John M. Ashbrook Center, and the Liberty Fund.

Prof. Morel is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government and editor of Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages. He is also editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man” and co-editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century. His most recent book, Lincoln and the American Founding, was published in June 2020. He is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, former president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a consultant on the Library of Congress exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War, and was a member of the scholarly board of advisors for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.