Watch the promotional video of Todd's book about Glenn Killinger, World War I, and the birth of the American hero in postwar American culture.
Welcome to toddmealy.com, the online home of history author, Todd M. Mealy! Todd is the author of five books, including Glenn Killinger, All American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero (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 (2017); Legendary Locals of Harrisburg (2014), Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900, Vols. I and II (2010); and Biography of an Antislavery City: Antislavery Activists, Abolitionists, and Underground Railroad Operatives in Harrisburg, Pa (2007). Todd authored a chapter in From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church in Harrisburg (2015). He has also published several articles in Pennsylvania Heritage and American Heritage.
Todd's scholarship on the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania along with Black abolitionist and educator William Howard Day has been cited in works by Steve Luxenberg (Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation), Richard Blackett (Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery), and the late Hari Jones ("Deciphering the African American Mystery in American History"). His research on Glenn Killinger is also featured in Anne R. Keene's acclaimed book The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II (2018).
Mealy holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He also attained a Master's degree from the same institution, where he was the 2014 recipient of the John S. Patterson Award for academic and creative achievement. In 2018, he received the university's Sue Samuelson Award for his doctoral dissertation.
He is a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. His publications in the magazine include pieces about the 19th-century trials that led to the end of legal segregation in Pennsylvania's public schools; the abolitionist and cofounder of the Liberty Party Francis Julius LeMoyne; an All-American football player from Penn State who reached the pinnacle of his career following World War I named Glenn Killinger; and the 100-year history of the Penn State Nittany Lions - Pittsburgh Panthers football rivalry.
His forthcoming publication in Pennsylvania Heritage is "Queen on Two Courts: Philadelphia's Ultimate Sports Trailblazer, Ora Washington," which will be a 4,000-word article about the greatest African American women's tennis and basketball player before World War II, Ora Mae Washington (December 2019).
Todd has two books scheduled for release in 2020. The first, tentatively titled "We Have Been Silent Up Until Now": Why Race Pedagogy and the Disruption of Racism at Majority White High Schools Matters, to be published by McFarland & Co., is an appeal for race conscious education at majority white schools. The book's Foreword will be written by Dr. Terrence Roberts, known for his role as one of the Little Rock Nine students that desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Writing the Afterword is philosopher George Yancy, author of several books on race including Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Race in America and On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis. The second book is tentatively titled Displaced: Surviving the Holocaust and the Road to a New Beginning, and will be published by Sunbury Press. Todd coauthors Displaced with Holocaust survivor Linda Schwab.
Mealy was born in Bradford in 1979, grew up in Harrisburg, and currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Melissa, Ed.D., son, Carter, and daughter, Adeline. He has taught in Lancaster County public schools since 2001 and is an adjunct professor in the History Department at Dickinson College. He spends summers traveling to countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has also coached high school football for twenty-one years. These experiences helped to shape his focus on issues related to social justice, race theory, political history, and sports culture.
Top Left: Todd with Bill Zwaan, West Chester University head football coach. Zwaan currently paces the sidelines that Killinger once managed; Top Middle: Todd and his wife, Melissa, with Jessica Killinger (middle), granddaughter of Glenn Killinger; Top Right: Todd with Howie Bedell, former Philadelphia Philly and forewordist for Glenn Killinger, All-American. Bedell played baseball for Killinger in the 1950s; Bottom left to right: Hall of Fame basketball coach with over 900 NCAA wins, Glenn Robinson, who played baseball for Killinger in the 1960s and Amy Kehm, host of ABC-27 "Good Day, PA!".