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Academic Advisory Board

Dr. Leah Bradshaw

Dr. Bradshaw is Professor of Political Science and a member of the Graduate Faculties of Studies in Comparative Literature and the Arts, and Interdisciplinary PhD in the Humanities at Brock University in Ontario Canada. She teaches and writes on the history of political thought and leadership, as well as on contemporary issues in political theory. Much of her career has evolved from the study of the work of Hannah Arendt. Publications include a book on Hannah Arendt, articles and book chapters on canonical figures in the tradition of Western political thought and leadership (Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau).

Dr. John Daly

Dr. Daly is associate professor of American History in the Comparative World Context at SUNY Brockport, a position he has held since 2001. Dr. Daly is an expert on Civil War Era America but has also published on Modern America and taught all areas of United States History as well as religious history, film history, world history, the history of science, and modern Ireland, among many others. Dr. Daly has developed educational programs and grants with National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Strong Museums AP series, BOCES, Project Adept, and the Teaching America History and American Democracy project. He the won American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) National Certificate of Commendation, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for excellence in teaching. His first book, When Slavery Was Called Freedom: The Evangelicalism, Proslavery, and Causes of the Civil War, 1831-1865 (University Press of Kentucky), won runner up for the Seaborg Award (2003) for best book on the Civil War given by the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. His current book, The Civil War II, 1865-1877, is being published by a joint Fordham and Oxford University Press series on Reconstruction.

Dr. Rebecca A.R. Edwards

Dr. Edwards is cultural historian who studies both American deaf history and the history of baseball. She is the author of Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture (NYU Press, 2012). She received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. Edwards is a professor of history at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also serves as chair of the Department of History. She speaks and lectures frequently on Rochester history, including local women's history.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo

Dr. Guelzo is the Director of Civil War Era Studies and the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He holds the MA and PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Wm. Eerdmans, 1999), which won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize in 2000; Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004) which also won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize, for 2005; Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (Simon & Schuster, 2008), on the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858; a volume of essays, Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Ideas (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009) which won a Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Association in 2010; and Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (in the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’ series. In 2012, he published Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction with Oxford University Press, and in 2013 Knopf published his book on the battle of Gettysburg (for the 150th anniversary of the battle), Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, which spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion won the Lincoln Prize for 2014, the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, the Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York City Round Table, and the Richard Harwell Award of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. He is one of Power Line’s 100 “Top Professors” in America.

He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, First Things, U.S. News & World Report, The Weekly Standard, National Review, the Daily Beast, the Claremont Review of Books and Books and Culture, and has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday,” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Meet the Press: Press Pass with David Gregory, and Brian Lamb’s “Booknotes.” Together with Patrick Allitt and Gary W. Gallagher, he team-taught The Teaching Company’s new edition of its American History series, and as well as courses on DVD on Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Lincoln, on American intellectual history (The American Mind), and the American Revolution. From 2006 to 2013, he served as a member of the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He lives in Paoli and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Debra.

Dr. Lucas Morel

Dr. Morel is the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He teaches American government, political philosophy, constitutional law, black American politics, and politics and literature, with research interests in Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Morel is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He has conducted history workshops for high school teachers throughout the country and co-written lessons on antebellum and Civil War America and the modern Civil Rights Movement for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man” (University Press of Kentucky, 2004) and the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000). He just published an edited volume of scholarly essays entitled Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages (2014), and is a contributing editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, presently under review by the University Press of Mississippi.

Dr. James Oakes

Dr. Oakes is Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1981 and previously taught at Princeton and Northwestern University. He is the author of several books and articles on the subject of slavery, antislavery, and emancipation, including The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders (1982); Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South (1990); The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (2007); Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States (2012); and The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War (2014). He is currently editing a multi-authored collection of essays on the history of antislavery politics as well as a documentary history of abolition. His next book, should he live that long, will be a new general history of the American Civil War.

Dr. Mark J. Rozell

Dr. Rozell is acting dean and professor of public policy at George Mason University. He is the author of nine books and editor of twenty additional books on various topic in US government and politics. Among his latest written books at The President's Czars: Undermining Congress and the Constitution (2012) and Executive Privilege (2010, 3rd edition). He has testified before Congress several times on executive privilege issues and he has lectured extensively in the US and abroard.

Dr. David Tucker

David Tucker is a Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University and the Associate Director of the Center's Master of Arts in American History and Government program. Prior to working at the Ashbrook center, he taught for 15 years at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and worked both in the Pentagon and overseas for the U.S. government. Prior to his government service, Tucker was a William Rainey Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Tucker earned his Ph. D in History at the Claremont Graduate School in 1981. His publications include Revolution and Resistance: Moral Revolution, Military Might, and the End of Empire (Johns Hopkins, 2016); The End of Intelligence: Espionage and State Power in the Information Age(Stanford, 2014) Illuminating the Dark Arts of War: Terrorism, Sabotage, and Subversion in Homeland Security and the New Conflict (Continuum, 2012); and Enlightened Republicanism: A Study of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia (Lexington Books, 2007), as well as other books and articles on military affairs and American history.