Todd M. Mealy


Todd M. Mealy

[email protected]

Penn Manor High School

100 E. Cottage Ave.

Millersville, PA 17551



Ph.D. Penn State University (in progress, 2015-present)

M.A. Penn State University-Harrisburg (American Studies, 2014)

B.A. Millersville University (Secondary Education, History, 2001)

Study Abroad Experience: Oxford University, Wadham College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Research Fields: Civil Rights/Black Power Movement, Abolition Movement/Underground Railroad, Sports History, Twentieth Century Political History




(In Progress) Displaced: Surviving the Holocaust and the Road to a New Beginning with Linda Schwab (Tentatively 2019)

(In Progress) Ballots to Bullets: Transnational Revolutionary Relations and Insurrection in the Era of the Slavocracy (Tentatively 2021)

(Production) Glenn Killinger, All-American: Penn State's World War I Sports Hero (McFarland & Company, Inc., March 2018)

This Is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin and Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover (iUniverse, 2017)

From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church In Harrisburg (Sunbury Press, Co-author, 2015)

Legendary Locals of Harrisburg (Arcadia Publishing, 2014)

Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900 (2 Volumes, 2010)

Biography of an Antislavery City: Antislavery Advocates, Abolitionists, and Underground Railroad Advocates in Harrisburg, PA (2007)


"I Must Be An Abolitionist": Pennsylvania Liberty Man Francis Julius LeMoyne (Pennsylvania Heritage, December 2017)

"Keep the Boys in College: How World War I Produced a Penn State Football Legend" (Pennsylvania Heritage, December 2016)

"Breaking the Color Line: The Trial that Led to the End of Legal Segregation in Pennsylvania's Schools" (Pennsylvania Heritage, June 2016)

"The Case for the League that Pioneered the Civil Rights Movement" (Pennsylvania Heritage, September 2010).

"The Women of Harrisburg and the Garnet Equal Rights League" (Showtime Magazine, October 2010)

"The Garnet Equal Rights League" (American Heritage, July 2010)

Doctoral Dissertation

War Seasons: Glenn Killinger, Service Football, and the Birth of the American Hero in Postwar American Culture (January 2018)


"War Seasons: Harold Lloyd, Glenn Killinger, and the Birth of the American Hero." The Eastern American Studies Association Conference, Harrisburg, PA, April 1, 2017

"This is the Rat Speaking: The Black Student Takeover and Radical Movement for an Interdisciplinary Black Studies Curriculum at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1967-1969." The British Association of American Studies and Irish Association of American Studies Conference, Queens University-Belfast, April 7-9, 2016

"This is the Rat Speaking." Eastern American Studies Association Conference, Franklin and Marshall College, April 1, 2016.

"A Political Alternative: William Howard Day's Underground Railroad." Irish Association of American Studies, University College-Cork, Ireland, April 27, 2012.


"Wandering the Racial Wilderness: MLK, Race Consciousness, and Reimagining Black Power in Academia and Beyond." Elizabethtown College, December 5, 2017.

"Breaking the Color Line: 14th Amendment Incorporation and the Case that Led to the Desegregation of Pennsylvania's Public Schools." Oxford Area Historical Society, Oxford, PA. October 10, 2017

"Wandering the Racial Wilderness in the Sixties: Black Power in Academia and Beyond." Millersville Historical Society, Millersville, PA, August 12, 2017

"Wandering the Racial Wilderness in the Sixties: Black Power in Academia and Beyond." Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, PA, May 7, 2017

"William Howard Day, Harrisburg City Tour." CSPAN-2, City Tour, Harrisburg, PA, January 21, 2017.

"Black Power at Franklin and Marshall College." Franklin and Marshall College, April 18, 2016

"Teachers Teach Civil War Period." WITF FM Smart Talk with Scott LaMar, March 21, 2016

"The Golden Age of Sports at Penn State and the Emergence of the American Hero." Penn State University-Harrisburg, February 16, 2016

"William Howard Day, A Life." WITF FM Smart Talk with Scott LaMar, February 18, 2015

"Unsung Abolitionist: Wm. Howard Day." WITF FM with Cary Burkett, February 6, 2015

"Professor Wm. Howard Day: The Effort to Desegregate Pennsylvania's Public Schools During the 19th Century." Harris-Cameron Mansion, Harrisburg, PA, February 8, 2015

"Legendary: William Howard Day and Others From Harrisburg". Good Day, PA! ABC-27, October 4, 2014

"America's First African American School Board President." The Pennsylvania School Board Association's Annual Conference, Hershey Lodge, October 22, 2014.

"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle." Forum, Penn State University-Harrisburg, October 28, 2014.

"Commencing the Dream: The Genesis Generation." Widener University-Law, January 19, 2012

"The Underground Railroad in Harrisburg." Harris-Cameron Mansion, September 3, 2011.

"William Howard Day and the Political Complexities of the Underground Railroad." Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, PA. February 27, 2011.

"The Equal Rights League Movement." Harris-Cameron Mansion, November 5, 2010.

"Uncle Sam's Color Line." Penn State University-University Park, June 26, 2010