Lucas Morel — Academy Director and Lead Instructor

Lucas Morel is Professor of Politics and head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. Dr. Morel is the editor of Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government, co-editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, and editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man. He is currently writing a book entitled Lincoln and the American Founding for the Concise Lincoln Library Series of Southern Illinois University Press. He has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and co-written lesson plans on antebellum and Civil War America and the Civil Rights Movement for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also conducts history workshops for high school teachers throughout the country. Dr. Morel is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and has published widely on Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and black American politics.

Gordon Lloyd — Co-Instructor

Gordon Lloyd is Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and co-editor of The Essential Bill of Rights and The Essential Antifederalist, author of articles on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court, and creator of interactive websites of the Constitutional Convention and Ratification Debates for TeachingAmericanHistory.org.

Allen Guelzo — Co-Instructor

Allen Guelzo is Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era, Professor of History, and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Dr. Guelzo is the only three-time winner of the Abraham Lincoln Prize, which he received for Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Among his many other books are Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America, and Redeeming the Great Emancipator. His essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in publications ranging from the American Historical Review and Wilson Quarterly to newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Seagrave — Co-Instructor

Adam Seagrave is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. His research focuses on the central ideas of the American political tradition, both in the American context itself as well as its antecedents in the history of political thought. Dr. Seagrave is the author of Liberty and Equality: The American Conversation and The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law. He also serves as the managing editor of the American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture.

Gary Gallagher — Guest Lecturer/Battlefield Tour Guide

Gary Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and prize-winning author of The Union War, The Confederate War, Lee and His Army in Confederate History, The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, Causes Won, Lost and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War, and co-author of The American War: A History of the Civil War Era.