The professors who conducted the Presidential Academy are among the finest scholars of American history and government. Equally important, they are all outstanding classroom teachers, passionate about the subject they teach. The faculty included a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and many recipients of teaching awards at their respective colleges and universities. Students in seminars with such instructors are reminded that history is not a dead subject; it is a conversation among human beings across time. These students were moved to study and think about important historical questions in an engaging and insightful way.

Director and Co-Instructor: Lucas Morel is Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. Dr. Morel is the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (2000) and editor of and contributor to Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man (2004). He has published widely on Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Ralph Ellison and black American politics.


Co-Instructor: Gordon Lloyd is Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and co-editor of The Essential Antifederalist and The Essential Bill of Rights, author of articles on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court, and creator of an interactive website of the Constitutional Convention for TeachingAmericanHistory.org.

Guest Instructor: David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Albion's Seed, The Great Wave, Paul Revere's Ride, Washington's Crossing, and Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas.


Co-Instructor: Allen Guelzo is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, Professor of History, and Associate Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Dr. Guelzo is the author of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (2004) and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), which both won the Lincoln Prize. 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 Wall Street Journal.

Guest Instructor: Gary Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and author of Lee and His Army in Confederate History, The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, and most recently, Causes Won, Lost and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War.

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Co-Instructor: Christopher Burkett is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashland University, where he teaches American political thought and institutions. Professor Burkett has spoken publicly on a number of topics, including Founding-era, Progressive and 20th Century American political theory and policy. He has been a visiting instructor for the Bill of Rights Institute, authored several online lesson plans on the American Founding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and recently contributed a chapter on American foreign policy in the book Modern America and the Legacy of the Founding.

Guest Instructor: Juan Williams is a full-time contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday, and best-selling author of Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 and Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.


Academy Director: Peter W. Schramm, Executive Director, Ashbrook Center; Professor of Political Science, Ashland University; Chairman, Master of American History and Government Degree Program, Ashland University

Administrative Director: Roger L. Beckett, Deputy Director, Ashbrook Center, Ashland University

Academy Coordinators: Lisa Ormiston (2006-2010) and Nicole Birchmeier (2011), Ashbrook Center

Master Teacher: Tucker Bacquet, Social Studies Teacher, Lexington High School, Lexington, Ohio

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