Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc.


The Abraham Lincoln Institute was founded to provide free, quality resources to educators, government leaders, and the general public. The Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors members share a background in service in varied arenas. Some of our members are among the nation’s leading Lincoln scholars, many are prolific authors, some are gifted speakers, others are eminent researchers, managers, directors, and professors. All are dedicated to promoting excellent and accessible Lincoln scholarship.

› Executive Committee

Terry Alford

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Terry AlfordTerry Alford is professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale campus).


B.A., Mississippi State University
M.A., Mississippi State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University

John Barr

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: John BarrBarr teaches a variety of courses including a “Survey of U.S. History Pre-Columbian to 1877 to “The Emancipators: Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, and the Making of the Modern World.”

In 2011, Barr was the recipient of the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize by the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Abraham Lincoln Institute. He was also named Outstanding Graduate Student and was honored with the John King Award from the University of Houston in 2010.

Barr earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Kentucky. He also received a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Barr earned a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. His dissertation examined the various individuals who have dissented from the positive view of Abraham Lincoln that has persisted in American life since the Civil War. It included investigations into how African-American views of Lincoln have changed since 1865 and the role of Lincoln’s memory in American conservative and liberal thought.

Barr has delivered various papers on the topic of Lincoln’s assassination to the East Texas Historical Association and to the Southwest Social Science Association.

“I think that the study of the past is one of the most important activities in which an individual can be engaged. The study of history gives students access to a range of human experience to which they are unaccustomed and unexposed, and should therefore prompt inquisitiveness into their own world and help them better understand the present.”

Michael F. Bishop

Education, Honors & Awards:

Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

M.A., History, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

B.A., Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Honorary Doctor of Letters, Lincoln College Gilder Fellowship, Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello President, Berkeley College

Republicans Top Secret Security Clearance


Director, The National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University, Washington, DC: 2016 – present

Executive Director, The International Churchill Society, Washington, DC: 2016 – present

Writer, Washington, DC: 2003 – present

Corporate Communications Manager, Strategic Investment Group, Arlington, VA: 2015 – 2016

Executive Director, The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation, Miami Beach, FL: 2011 – 2012

Guest Curator, The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, Washington, DC: 2010 – 2011

Deputy Associate Director for Legislative Affairs, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, DC: 2006 – 2009

Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Washington, DC: 2002 – 2006

Executive Director, Fair Licensing and Apprenticeship Coalition, Anaheim, CA: 2001 – 2002

Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Congressman Herbert H. Bateman (VA), Washington, DC: 1998 – 2001

Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Dave Weldon (FL), Washington, DC: 1997 – 1998

Legislative Assistant, Office of Congresswoman Andrea Seastrand (CA), Washington, DC: 1996 – 1997

Michael Burlingame

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Michael BurlingameMichael Burlingame is author of the acclaimed, two volume Abraham Lincoln: A Life, as well as a highly esteemed Lincoln scholar.


Phillips Academy, Andover, 1956-60
B.A., Princeton University, 1964
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1971


Books: (Authored)

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Southern Illinois University Press
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Life, 2 volumes, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
  • Lincoln Prize, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Gettysburg College
    * Russell Strange Book Prize for the best book on Illinois history, Illinois State Historical Society
    * Co-winner, ALI Book Prize The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994

Books: (Edited)

  • Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Southern Illinois University Press, 2007
  • Dispatches from Lincoln’s White House: The Anonymous Civil War Journalism of Presidential Secretary William O. Stoddard, by William O. Stoddard, University of Nebraska Press, 2002
  • “Lincoln’s Humor” and Other Essays by Benjamin P. Thomas, University of Illinois Press, 2002
  • The Real Lincoln: A Portrait by Jesse W. Weik (an expanded edition), University of Nebraska Press, 2002
  • At Lincoln’s Side: John Hay’s Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings, Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
  • Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln’s Secretary, by William O. Stoddard, University of Nebraska Press, 2000
  • With Lincoln in the White House: John G. Nicolay’s Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings, 1860-1865, Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
  • A Reporter’s Lincoln by Walter B. Stevens (an expanded edition), University of Nebraska Press, 1998
  • Lincoln’s Journalist: John Hay’s Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860-1864, Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
  • Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998
  • Inside Lincoln’s White House, the Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, Southern Illinois University Press, 1997
  • An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay’s Interviews and Essays, Southern Illinois University Press, 1996

Positions Past and Present:

Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield, 2009-present

Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus, Connecticut College
Professor, History Department, Connecticut College, 1968-2001

Awards and Recognition:

Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize presented by Gettysburg College, 2001

Lincoln Diploma of Honor from Lincoln Memorial University, 1998

Abraham Lincoln Association Prize, 1996

Member of the Executive Committee, Abraham Lincoln Association (Springfield)

Joan E. Cashin

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Joan CashinJoan E. Cashin is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University.


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1985


Books: (Authored)

  • First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War, Harvard University Press, 2006* Winner, Fletcher Pratt Award, 2008
  • Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post named First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War* One of the best nonfiction books of the year
  • A Family Venture, Men and Women on the Southern Frontier, 1991

Books: (Edited)

  • Our Common Affairs; Texts from Women in the Old South, 1996
  • The War Was You and Me: Civilians in the American Civil War, 2002
  • Series at Johns Hopkins University Press on the history of gender, co-edited with Professor Ron Walters

Positions Past and Present:

Beveridge-Dunning Prize Committee for the AHA

Merrill Travel Grant Committee and the Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize Committee for the OAH

Lincoln Prize Committee

Book Prize Committee for the Berkshire Conference for Women Historians

Editorial Board of the Journal of Family History

Grants and Fellowships:

Recipient of a Huntington Library Fellowship

Two Travel Grants from the NEH

Mellon Travel Grant

Fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Humanities at the University of Virginia and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University

Clark Evans, General Secretary

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Clark EvansClark Evans served for 38 years in the Rare Book Reading Room at the Library of Congress, home of the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana.


Mr. Evans has authored Lincoln related articles for the Lincoln Herald, the Lincolnian, and the Dime Novel Round-Up.

Public Speaking:

  • Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Popular Culture Association
  • The Surratt Society

Past and Present Positions:

First President of Abraham Lincoln Institute, 1997-2000

President of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, two terms: 1990-1992

Stephen Goldman

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Stephen GoldmanStephen Goldman, a medical psychiatrist, is a two-time past President of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table and has led a monthly Civil War book group in New Jersey for many years. Currently Dr. Goldman is an international consultant in medical product safety, including risk management, auditing, training, and case review. An Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Dr. Goldman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


B.A., Ohio University, Honors Tutorial College (HTC) as the Outstanding Graduate in Psychology

M.D., New York University School of Medicine as Alex Rosen Award for Excellence in Medicine and the Humanities


Dr. Goldman’s medical publication topics include medical ethics, psychiatric illness secondary to medical/neurological causation, drug-induced disease, risk communication and medical education.

Dr. Goldman is at work on a book about Union soldiers, focusing on the impact of combat and military experience on the lives of veterans, planned for publication by Fordham University Press.

Public Speaking:

  • Dr. Goldman is a noted speaker at the US National Archives, National Museum of Civil War Medicine Annual Conferences, various other Civil War organizations and Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Positions Past and Present:

After completing training in general adult and consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry, Dr. Goldman was:

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Director, Division of C-L Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

Medical Director of MedWatch, the Food and Drug Administration’s medical product safety program

Awards and Recognition:

FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation/Harvey W. Wiley Medal and Commendable Service Award

2003 Outstanding HTC AlumnusDrug Information Association Outstanding Service Award

Allen C. Guelzo

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Allen GuelzoAllen Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg College. Dr. Guelzo’s scholarly interests center on American intellectual history between 1750 and 1865, including the American philosophy, religion, ethics, and politics of that period.


D.Hist., Lincoln College (Honorary Degree), 2001
Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania


Books: (Authored)

  • Redeeming the Great Emancipator, Harvard University Press, 2016
  • Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, Knopf, 2013
    * Winner, Lincoln Prize, 2014
    * Guggenheim-Lehrman Military History Prize, 2013
    * Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York City Round Table
    * Richard Harwell Award of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table
  • Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America, Simon & Schuster, 2008
  • Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, Simon and Schuster, 2004
    * Winner, Lincoln Prize, 2005
    * Main Selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
    Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (biography of Lincoln), 1999
    * Co-Winner of the Lincoln Prize, 2000
  • The Crisis of the American Republic: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1995
  • For the Union of Evangelical Christendom: The Irony of the Reformed Episcopalians, 1873-1930, 1994
  • Edwards on the Will: A Century of American Philosophical Debate, 1989

Books: (Edited)

  • Josiah G. Holland’s Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1998

Periodicals – Dr. Guelzo’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals, including:

  • The Journal of American History
  • The Journal of the History of Ideas
  • Civil War History
  • The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association
  • The Wilson Quarterly
  • The Journal of Illinois History
  • The Journal of the Early Republic

Dr. Guelzo has written editorials for:

  • The Washington Post
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Times
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Wall Street Journal
  • National Public Radio
  • Meet the Press
  • The Daily Show

Positions Past and Present:

Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University 2012-13

Wm. Garwood Visiting Professor, Princeton University, 2010-11

Fellow, The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, 2002-03

Fellow, The Charles Warren Center for American Studies, Harvard University, 1994-95

Fellow, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1992-93

Fellow, The American Council of Learned Societies, 1991-92

Dean of the Templeton Honors College, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania

Grace F. Kea Professor of American History, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania


National Council for the Humanities (2006-2012)

Abraham Lincoln Association (Springfield, IL) governing board member

Lincoln Studies Center (Knox College, Galesburg, IL) advisory board member

American Historical Association

Society of Historians of the Early American Republic

Organization of American Historians

Lincoln and Soldiers’ Institute at Gettysburg College

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

William C. Harris

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: William HarrisWilliam Harris is Emeritus Professor of History at North Carolina State University.


The most significant of Mr. Harris’s elevens book are —

  • Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, University Press of Kansas, 2011
    * Winner: Lincoln Prize, 2012
    * Winner, Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award, 2012
  • Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency, University Press of Kansas, 2007
    * Winner, Henry Adams Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2008
  • Lincoln’s Last Months, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004
    * Winner, Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award, 2004
  • em>With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union, University Press of Kentucky, 1997
    * Winner, Lincoln Prize, Second Place, for Civil War history, 1998
  • William Woods Holden: Firebrand of North Carolina Politics, Louisiana State University Press, 1987
    * Winner, Mayflower Cup for nonfiction by a North Carolina author, 1988
    * Winner, Jefferson Davis Memorial Award for the best book on Confederate history, 1988
  • The Day of the Carpetbagger: Republican Reconstruction in Mississippi, Louisiana State University Press, 1979

Positions Past and Present:

Professor, North Carolina State University, 1969–Present

Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1968-1969

Associate Professor, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1967-1968

Assistant Professor, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1963-1967

Thomas A. Horrocks

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Thomas HorrocksThomas A. Horrocks is an independent scholar and former library administrator. Dr. Horrocks is a historian with research interests in the political history of 19th century America, Abraham Lincoln, and the history of the book in American culture.


B.A. Villanova University
M.A. Villanova University
M.S.L.S. Drexel University
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania


  • The Annotated Lincoln, Harvard University Press, 2015
  • Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies, Southern Illinois University Press, 2014
  • The Living Lincoln, Southern Illinois University Press, 2011
  • President James Buchanan and the Crisis of National Leadership, Nova Publishing, 2012
  • Popular Print and Popular Medicine: Almanacs and Health Advice in Early America, University of Massachusetts Press, 2008
  • Harvard’s Lincoln, Harvard Library Bulletin, 19 [2008]: 1-80

Positions Past and Present:

Director, Special Collections and the John Hay Library, Brown University

Director, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director, Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine and Librarian, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Charles M. Hubbard

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Charles HubbardCharles Hubbard is a Professor of History and the Lincoln Historian at Lincoln Memorial University.


Ph.D., American Diplomatic History, University of Tennessee


  • Corregidor in War and Peace, University of Missouri Press, 2007
  • Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency, Mercer University Press, 2002
  • Historic Reflections on U.S. Governance and Civil Society, De La Salle University Press, 1999
  • Lincoln and His Contemporaries, Mercer University Press, 1998
  • The Burden of Confederate Diplomacy, University of Tennessee Press, 1997
  • Lincoln and His Contemporaries, Mercer University Press, 1998
  • The Many Faces of Lincoln, Mayhaven Press

Dr. Hubbard has also written many articles on Lincoln and the Civil War for various publications including, “The Confederate Lobby and the Blockade Debate of 1862” for the Journal of Civil War History and “Lincoln and the Chicken Bone Case,” for the American History Magazine.

Positions Past and Present:

Director, Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Senior Fulbright Scholar

Managing Editor, Lincoln Herald

Member, Tennessee Historical Commission

Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

David J. Kent

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: David KentA lifelong independent Lincoln researcher and career scientist, David J. Kent is a Vice President for the Abraham Lincoln Group of Washington D.C. He has written five books, his most recent being Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America. He has also served as president four times for several regional scientific organizations. His website is davidjkent-writer.com


B.S. University of Bridgeport, Marine Biology
M.S. Rutgers University, Environmental Science
Ph.D. ABD George Mason University, Environmental Science and Policy


  • Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America. Fall River Press. 2017
  • Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World. Fall River Press. 2016
  • Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. Fall River Press. 2013
  • Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate. Amazon e-book. 2015
  • Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time. Amazon e-book. 2014

Past and Present Positions:

Vice President of Education and Outreach, Lincoln Group of DC (2014-2016, 2018-2020)

Vice President of Programs, Lincoln Group of DC (2016-2018)

President, CPRC-SETAC (2001-2002, 2013-2014)

President, NCAC-SRA (2002-2003)

President, Biology Society, UB (1979-1980)

Author/Freelance Writer (2013-present)

Senior Scientist, series of Consulting Firms in NJ and Washington DC (1986-2013)

Awards and Recognition:

Outstanding Regional Chapter Member Award, SETAC (2015)
Presidential Citations, SETAC (2016, 2015, 2005)
Distinguished Service Award winner, CPRC (2002)
Executive Director’s Citation, SETAC (1996)
Certificate of Recognition, NOAA, NMFS (1985)
Biology Major Award, University of Bridgeport (1980)

Donald R. Kennon

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Don KennonDonald Kennon is Vice President for Scholarship and Education at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, where he has been chief historian since 1987. Dr. Kennon’s duties include directing the Capitol Historical Society’s symposia, publications, and educational outreach programs, and writing and lecturing about the history of Congress and the Capitol.


Ph.D., American History, University of Maryland


  • The Speakers of the House of Representatives: A Bibliography, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985
  • The Committee on Ways and Means: A Bicentennial History, 1789-1989, Government Printing Office, 1989
  • Ten edited volumes of the Capitol Historical Society’s symposia publications with the University Press of Virginia and Ohio University Press

Past and Present Positions:

Professor at the University of New Mexico

Chief Historian, Capitol Historical Society

Associate Historian, Capitol Historical Society, 1981-87

Michelle Krowl, Chairman of the Board

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Michelle KrowlMichelle Krowl is the Civil War and Reconstruction specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. She was previously a research assistant for historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and an assistant professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College.


Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley, 1998
Dissertation: “Dixie’s Other Daughters: African-American Women in Virginia, 1861-1868.”
M.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
B.A. History, University of California, Riverside 1991


  • “Antonia Ford Willard: Southern Belle, Yankee Wife,” in Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, volume 1, edited by Cynthia A. Kierner and Sandra Gioia Treadway (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015), 323-343.
  • The World War II Memorial: Honoring the Price of Freedom, Donning Company Publishers, 2008. Published in cooperation with the National Park Service
  • Women of the Civil War. Women Who Dare series. Pomegranate Communications, Inc., in cooperation with the Library of Congress, 2006
  • “Cheatham, Benjamin Franklin” and “Cox, Lucy Ann White” in Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Volume 3, Caperton-Daniels. Senior editor Sara B. Bearss, Library of Virginia, 2006
  • Quantico: Semper Progredi, Always Forward, with Bradley E. Gernand, Donning Company Publishers, 2005
  • “‘In the Spirit of Fraternity’: The United States Government and the Burial of Confederate Dead in Arlington National Cemetery, 1864-1914,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 111, no. 2, 2003
  • “For Better or Worse: Black Families and ‘the State’ in Civil War Virginia,” in Southern Families at War: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South, edited by Catherine Clinton, Oxford University Press, 2000
  • “‘Her Just Dues’: Civil War Pensions of African-American Women in Virginia,” in Negotiating the Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers that Be. Southern Women series, Volume 4. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000
  • “Black Codes,” “Casey Hayden,” “The Emancipation Proclamation,” “National Organization for Women,” and “Students for a Democratic Society,” in Civil Rights in the United States, edited by Waldo E. Martin and Patricia Sullivan, Macmillan Reference, 2000
  • “African American Women and the United States Military in Civil War Virginia,” in Afro-Virginian History and Culture. Edited by John Saillant. Cross Currents in African American History series, edited by Graham R. Hodges and Margaret Washington, Garland Publishing, 1999
Gordon Leidner, Treasurer

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Gordon LeidnerGordon Leidner is the author and webmaster of Great American History, a Civil War web site popular among students and educators. Gordon Leidner is originally from Greenville, Illinois.


B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois
M.G.A., Applied Management, University of Maryland University College


  • Leadership Secrets of Hamilton: 7 Steps to Revolutionary Leadership by Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers, Simple Truths, 2016
  • Conversations With Lincoln: Little-Known Stories of Those Who Met America’s Sixteenth President, Cumberland House, 2016
  • Lincoln’s Gift: How Humor Shaped Lincoln’s Life and Legacy, Cumberland House, 2015
  • Abraham Lincoln: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches, Cumberland House, 2009
  • A Commitment to Honor: A Unique Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words, Rutledge Hill Press
  • Lincoln on God and Country, White Mane Publishers
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Complete Book of Facts, Quizzes, and Trivia, White Mane Publishers
    * History Book Club selection, May 2001


Leidner has written numerous articles on Lincoln, including those discussing modern transformational leadership theory published in the Lincoln Herald and Columbia: A Quarterly Review of the War Between the States.

Public Speaking:

Leidner has lectured on Lincoln at the Smithsonian Institution and Johns Hopkins University.

Positions Past and Present:

Web Site Liaison, Abraham Lincoln Institute

President, Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, 2002-2004.

Fred J. Martin, Jr.

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Fred Martin, Jr.Fred Martin serves as a designated Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and is a past president of Abraham Lincoln Institute (2007-2008).


B.A., History, University of Denver


  • Abraham Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory
  • “The Lost Chapter in Korean History, Evolving Democracy, and an Opportunity for Peace and Security in the North Pacific”, Institute of Governmental Studies, 2007

Past and Present Positions:

Senior Vice President, Bank of America, 1971-93

Founding Chair, University of California program on Mental Health & Public Policy

Assistant General Manager, Greater San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Consultant to firms in health care, technology, engineering, educational lending, and banking

Lecturer, Journalism, San Francisco State University

Lecturer, Public Policy Analysis, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
Editor, San Francisco Business Editor and Writer with The Denver Post, the Associated Press, and the San Francisco Examiner. He covered a wide range of assignments that included editorial positions, legislative and political assignments, general assignment reporting, and urban affairs reporting.

Infantry Lieutenant, Korea

Assistant in the Office of Economic Coordinator, Department of State, which managed U.S. aid for rebuilding Korea.

Stacy Pratt McDermott

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Stacy McDermottStacy Pratt McDermott earned a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Illinois in 2007 and is the author of two books. From 1996-2016, she was an editor at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, where she was a co-editor of a four-volume, selective edition of Abraham Lincoln’s legal papers, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases (University of Virginia Press, 2008). A blogger and avid tweeter about Lincoln (@StacyPhD), she lives in St. Louis with her husband Kevin and two little dogs, Pepper and Bug.


  • The Jury in Lincoln’s America (Ohio University Press, 2012)
  • Mary Lincoln: Southern Girl, Northern Woman (Routledge, 2015)




Edna Greene Medford

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Edna Greene MedfordDr. Medford is a professor of history at Howard University in Washington, D.C.


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park


  • Co-author, The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (2006)
  • Contributor: Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America’s Greatest Leader (2008)
  • Contributor: The Price of Freedom: Slavery and the Civil War, Volumes I & II (2000)

Positions Past and Present:

Director (Former), History of New York’s African Burial Ground Project

Director (Former), Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Howard University

Lucas E. Morel

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Lucas MorelDr. Lucas Morel is the Lewis G. John Term Professor and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses on American government, political philosophy, black American politics, and Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Morel is also a past president and chairman of the board of Abraham Lincoln Institute (2011-2013).


Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont Graduate School, 1994
B.A., Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1987
D.H.L., Illinois College (Honorary Degree), 2009


  • Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, 2014
  • Editor, Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man,” 2004
  • Contributing Editor, Books and Culture: A Christian Review

Articles — Dr. Morel’s most recently published articles include:

  • “Of Justice and Mercy in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address,” Journal of American Political Thought, vol. 4 (Summer 2015)
  • Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, Brookhiser, book review, in Claremont Review of Books (Spring 2015) and “Upon Further Review,” an extended discussion with the author posted online (June 2015)
  • “Abraham Lincoln’s Religion,” co-authored with Samuel W. Calhoun, Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, vol. 33, no. 1 (Winter 2012)
  • “Lincoln and the Constitution: A Unionist for the Sake of Liberty,” Journal of Supreme Court History (2011)
  • “Lincoln, Race, and the Spirit of ’76,” Perspectives on Political Science (2010)
  • “Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address: War and Remembrance,” On Principle (2009)

Dr. Morel has also written for the following publications:

Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association
Journal of American Political Thought
Lincoln Lore
Los Angeles Times
Christian Science Monitor
First Things
The Richmond Times-Dispatch


Dr. Morel has been a guest commentator on CNN’s TalkBack Live, as well as on New Hampshire, Virginia, and Wisconsin Public Radio programs.

Public Speaking:

  • Dr. Morel has had several speaking engagements, including his insightful message, “The Problem of Black History: Race, Memory, and the American Creed,” at The Heritage Foundation, February 12, 2008.

Positions Past and Present:

Abraham Lincoln Association, Board Member (2010-present)

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission-Board of Scholarly Advisors

United States Semiquincentennial Commission (2017-present)

Library of Congress, Advisory Board, Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Exhibit (2010-present)

Lincoln Prize Award Jury (chair, 2014-15; 2013-14; 2008-09)

Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College-Board of Advisors (2002-06)

Master of Arts in American History and Government Faculty and Advisory Board, Ashland University (2005-present)

Supreme Court Historical Society, Trustee (2002-present), Book Award Committee (chair, 2014, and 2007), and Publications Committee (2004-present)

Michael P. Musick

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Michael MusickMichael Musick, now retired, served as Subject Area Expert for the U.S. Civil War at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for 35 years.


  • Sixth Virginia Cavalry, Lynchburg, 1990
  • With Ross M. Kimmel, “I Am Busy Drawing Pictures” The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser, CSA (Annapolis: Friends of the Maryland State Archives, 2014)
  • Entries in Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War, New York, 1986
  • With James I. Robertson, et al., Index-Guide to the Southern Historical Society Papers, 1876-1959, New York, 1980
  • “Alonzo Wayne Crawford” in Martin Windrow and Frederick Wilkinson, eds., The Universal Soldier, New York, 1971, with B.K. Kummerow and W.L. Brown
  • Articles in Civil War Times Illustrated; Manuscripts
    Prologue to The Journal of the National Archives and other publications

* One of Mr. Musick’s Prologue articles won the Harold L. Peterson Award of the Eastern Parks and Monuments Association for best military history-related article.

Positions Past and Present:

Consultant for The Civil War, a nine-part PBS television series by Ken Burns, 1990

Board of Directors, Shepherd College Center for the Study of the Civil War

Advisory Board, Lincoln Forum

Founding Member and Past President, Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table

Past President, Abraham Lincoln Institute

Guest Lecturer on the American Civil War, Martin Luther University, Wittenburg, Germany

Paul L. Pascal

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Paul PascalPaul Pascal is co-curator of the Leo Pascal Collection, Inc., a collection of automobilia and Americana. The Leo Pascal Collection was started by Leo Pascal, Mr. Paul Pascal’s father, in l934 with one automobile toy. Leo worked at the National Archives from l937 until his untimely death in l962. Mr. Leo Pascal was a legend at the Archives.

Over the years, Leo collected numerous items of automobilia, focusing on the social aspect of the American automobile. During his collecting years, numerous items of Americana besides automobilia were added to the collection, with a focus on Abraham Lincoln, which initiated Mr. Paul Pascal’s interest in President Lincoln.

Positions Past and Present:

Senior Partner, Pascal & Weiss, P.C., a Washington, D.C. based law firm

Chairman of the Board, Capital Hill Business Improvement District

Co-Curator of the Leo Pascal Collection, Inc., with Brenda Pascal

President and Counsel, District of Columbia Association of Beverage Alcohol Wholesalers Association

Counsel and Secretary, Capitol Hill Business Improvement District

Member of the Board, Lincoln Forum

Past President, Lincoln Group of Washington, D.C.

Past President, Capitol Area Food Bank

Past Director, Law Students in Court Program

Trevor K. Plante

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Trevor Plants

Trevor Plante is Acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century military records.

Rodney A. Ross

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Rodney RossRodney Ross, Reference Archivist with the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, was born, raised and educated in Illinois.


Batavia High, Batavia, IL, 1961
B.A., History, Knox College, 1965
Ph.D., American History, University of Chicago, 1975


    • “Mary Todd Lincoln, Patient at Bellevue Place, Batavia”, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Spring 1970
    • “The National Archives: The Formative Years, 1934-1949”, Guardian of Heritage: Essays on the History of the National Archives, 1985
    • “Using the U.S. Congressional Serial Set for the Study of Western History”, The Western Historical Quarterly, Summer 1994
    • “A Period of Transition: Foundation Publications of the U.S. National Military Establishment”, Journal of Government Information, 1999
    • “Establishing the National Archives”, Prologue, June 2004
    • Guide to Records of the United States House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989, co-author with Charles E. Schamel, Mary Rephlo, David Kepley, Robert W. Coren, and James Gregory Brasher
    • Illinois Heritage Map, Illinois-related sites in the nation’s capital, 2001
    • Gratis copies of Illinois Heritage Map may be obtained by calling 703-461-3610.

Positions and Projects:

Various positions with the National Archives, 1977 to present

Reference Archivist, National Archives, Center for Legislative Archives

Nixon Presidential Materials Project

White House Liaison Officer, Reagan Administration, 1980-1984

Legislative Assistant to an Illinois Congressman, 94th Congress

Lecturer, Indian University Northwest, 1972

Lecturer, Wilberforce University, 1967-69

David Seddelmeyer

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: David SeddelmeyerDavid Seddelmeyer is one of the founders of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and is a national labor relations attorney.


  • “Lincoln’s Red Letter Day” (regarding Lincoln administration correspondence with European labor organization), Lincoln Herald, Summer 1993
  • Former Contributor, The Lincolnian

Positions Past and Present:

Founding Committee Member, Abraham Lincoln Institute

ALI Dissertation Award Committee Member

Past Executive Committee Member, Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia

Past President and Legislative Director of a national labor relations professional association.

John R. Sellers

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: John SellersJohn Sellers was a Historical Specialist, Civil War & Reconstruction, for the Library of Congress. Dr. Sellers was the curator of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in the Library of Congress.


B.S., Florida State University
B.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A., PhD., Tulane University


  • The Virginia Continental Line, 1975
  • “The Common Soldier in the American Revolution” 1976
  • “Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress for Research on the American Revolution,” 1975
  • Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789, 1981
  • “Civil War Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress,” 1986
  • Dr. Sellers has played a major role in the digitization and online presentation of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.
Ron Soodalter, Vice-President

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Ron SoodalterRon Soodalter is a full-time writer. In addition to his two current books, Soodalter is featured in six others, and has had over 300 articles published in such periodicals as the New York Times, Smithsonian, Civil War Times, Military History, New York Archives, and America’s Civil War. He is the recipient of the International and Regional Magazine Association’s 2010 Gold Award, 2014 Award of Merit, and 2016 Silver Award.

Soodalter has taught in various schools throughout New York State, and in New York City’s Riker’s Island Prison. He worked as curator of a Colorado history museum, where he served on the Board of Directors of the 10-state Mountain-Plains Museums Conference. Soodalter studied Flamenco guitar with the world renowned Carlos Montoya, and has played professionally all his life. He is a dedicated student of folk music, and has collected traditional ballads in the United States, Ireland, and Scotland. Also an accomplished scrimshaw artist, Soodalter has been featured in a prominent Manhattan art gallery.

Soodalter currently serves on the Advisory Board of the S.S. Columbia Project, and is a member of the Western Writers of America. He has two daughters, Jesse and Melora, and a granddaughter, Nico, and a grandson, Bennett Lincoln, and lives with his wife Jane in Cold Spring, New York.


B.A., American History
M.A., Education
M.A., American Folk Culture


  • The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, Berkeley Press, January 2009 (Co-authored with Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves)
  • Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader, Simon & Schuster, 2006
Paul R. Tetreault

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Paul TetreaultPaul R. Tetreault is the current Director of Ford’s Theatre and Museum in Washington, D.C.


B.S., Emerson College, Boston, MA
M.F.A., City University of New York-Brooklyn College

Positions Past and Present:

Director, Ford’s Theatre and Museum, Washington, DC

Managing Director, Alley Theatre, Houston, TX

Director of Finance, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Vice President, C.W. Shaver and Company, Inc., New York, NY

Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA

Circle Repertory Company, New York, NY

Board of the Washington, D.C. Downtown Business Improvement District (BID)

The Executive Committee, League of Resident Theatres (LORT)

Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts

Chair of the Theater District Association (Houston)

The National Council for the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Guest Lecturer:

  • Brooklyn College
  • Columbia University
  • Rice University
  • University of Houston
  • New York University
Jonathan W. White, President

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Jonathan WhiteJonathan W. White is associate professor of American Studies and a senior fellow with the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia.


B.A., Department of History, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2001
M.A., Department of History, The University of Maryland at College Park, 2003
Ph.D., Department of History, The University of Maryland at College Park, 2008
Dissertation: “‘To Aid Their Rebel Friends’: Politics and Treason in the Civil War North”


  • Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life, 2015
  • Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln, 2014
    * Winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute 2015 Book Prize
    * Finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and the Jefferson Davis Prize
  • Civic Education and the Future of American Citizenship, edited with Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, 2012
  • Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman, 2011
  • Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History, 2010
    * Winner of the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Book Award, Society for History in the Federal Government.
  • A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher, 2007

Fellowships and Grants:

Co-authored with Nathan and Elizabeth Busch grant from the Earhart

Foundation to support the Center for American Studies academic conferences, 2011

Co-authored with Nathan and Elizabeth Busch grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation to support work of the Center for American Studies, 2011

Jack Miller Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Christopher Newport University, 2009-2011

Fellow, Earhart Foundation, 2004-2008

Fellow, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, 2004-2007

Research and Travel Grant, Department of History, The University of Maryland, 2006-2007

Littleton-Griswold Research Grant in Legal History, The American Historical Association, 2007

ABC-Clio Research Grant administered by the Society for Military History, 2007

Robert S. Willard

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Robert WillardRobert Willard, former President of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, is a retired government and industry professional with experience in both market management and information policy advocacy and with a comprehensive knowledge of the application of information technology to public needs.

Mr. Willard is a long-time collector of books and other material about Abraham Lincoln, and has advised agencies involved in digitization of Lincoln material.


B.S.F.S., International Relations, Georgetown University
M.S.A., Operations Research and Systems Analysis, George Washington University

Positions Past and Present:

Appointee by President Clinton to U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), 1994-98. NCLIS was an independent Federal agency whose part-time Members advise the President and Congress on the information needs of the American public.

Executive Director of NCLIS, full time, 1998-2004

Vice President for Government Relations, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
Director, Government Marketing for Mead Data Central, Inc., an electronic publisher now named LexisNexis)

Vice President, Government Relations of the Information Industry Association

Founder and Director, the Washington office of the Data Processing Management Association

Board Member and former Vice President of the Abraham Lincoln Association

Former Treasurer of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia

Congressional staff member, educational fund raiser, and a decorated Army officer with service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Pentagon.

Douglas L. Wilson

Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors: Douglas WilsonDr. Wilson taught English and American Literature at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois for 33 years, where he also served for an extended period as Director of the Knox Library.

A founder of an interdisciplinary American Studies program at Knox, Dr. Wilson spent many years working in Jefferson studies, which resulted in numerous scholarly articles and several books. His work in Lincoln studies has focused on Lincoln’s early life, William H. Herndon’s researches, and Lincoln’s presidential writing.


B.A., Doane College
M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania



  • Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words, Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
    * Winner, Lincoln Prize, 2007
  • Herndon’s Lincoln about Abraham Lincoln, edited with Rodney O. Davis, University of Illinois Press, 2006
  • Jefferson Abroad, edited with Lucia Stanton, The Modern Library, 1999
  • Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, Alfred A. Knopf, 1998
    * Winner, Lincoln Prize, 1999
  • Herndon’s Informants: Letters and Interviews about Abraham Lincoln, edited with Rodney O. Davis, University of Illinois Press, 1998
  • Lincoln Before Washington: New Perspectives on the Illinois Years, University of Illinois Press, 1997
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Library, edited with James Gilreath, Library of Congress, 1989
  • Jefferson’s Literary Commonplace Book, Princeton University Press, 1989

Dr. Wilson’s work on Abraham Lincoln has appeared in:

The Atlantic Monthly
American Heritage
The American Scholar

— and other magazines and scholarly journals.

Positions Past and Present:

George A. Lawrence Distingued Service Professor, Knox College

Founding Director, International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello

Co-director, with Rodney O. Davis, of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, which was retained by the Library of Congress to transcribe and annotate documents in its Lincoln Papers for the Internet, including a critical edition of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.