Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Lucas-Morel-vert-Lucas Morel was appointed the inaugural Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Professor Morel, who is a leading scholar on Abraham Lincoln, joined the faculty at the university in 1999 and currently serves as chair of the political science department. Professor Morel is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self Government (Lexington Books, 2000) and Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man (University Press of Kentucky, 2004).

Dr. Morel is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College in California. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate School.

Dancy picT. Elon Dancy II was promoted to associate professor of higher education and granted tenure at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Dancy holds joint appointments in African and African American studies, women and gender studies, and at the Oklahoma University Center for Social Justice. He is the co-editor of the College Student Affairs Journal.

Dr. Dancy earned a doctorate at Louisiana State University. He is the author of The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity Among African American Males in College (Information Age Publishing, 2012).

20110413 Maurice Jackson_0016Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was appointed the inaugural chair of the District of Columbia Commission on African American Affairs. The 17-member commission will provide advice to the city government on issues impacting African American residents of the District.

Professor Jackson is the author of Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). Dr. Jackson is a graduate of Antioch College. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University.


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  1. Donald Mitchell, Jr. says:

    Congrats, Dr. Dancy!

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