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Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in American Studies

Concentration/Sub Fields: Race & Society and Sports Culture

Humanities Department, Penn State University-Harrisburg, Spring 2018

Dissertation: War Seasons: Glenn Killinger, Service Football, and the Birth of the American Hero in Postwar American Culture

Committee Members: Dr. Charles Kupfer (Chair/Advisor), Dr. Simon Bronner, Dr. John Haddad, Dr. Raffy Luquis, Dr. Peter Kareithi

M.A. in American Studies

Penn State University-Harrisburg, 2014 

B.A. in Secondary Education

Concentration: Social Studies

Millersville University, 2001

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

Research Fields: Civil Rights Movement; Abolition Movement/Underground Railroad; Sports and Culture; Education History & Critical Pedagogy


Pennsylvania Teaching Certification: Secondary Education, 6-12, 2001-Present


Teacher, Social Studies Department, 2022-Present

J.P. McCaskey High School, School District of Lancaster


National Institute for Customizing Education, LLC, 2021-Present

Founder and Executive Director

Adjunct Faculty, History Department, 2019-Present

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

The Bond Educational Group, 2019-2021

Director of Equity and Instruction, Non-profit 501(c)3

Teacher, Social Studies Department, 2007-Present

Penn Manor High School, Penn Manor School District


Teacher, Social Studies Department, 2001-2007

J.P. McCaskey High School, School District of Lancaster


  • American History, 1877 to Present (Dickinson College)

  • The History of Race, Gender and American Sports (Dickinson College)

  • Landmarks of the Underground Railroad (Dickinson College)

  • AP Seminar (Penn Manor)

  • United States History 2 (Penn Manor)

  • IB History of the Americas (McCaskey)

  • IB Twentieth Century Topics (McCaskey)

  • AP Government & Politics (McCaskey)

  • AP African American Studies (McCaskey)


  • National Institute for Customizing Education, LLC., Founder, 2020-Present
  • True Colors, Co-Founder, 2021-Present
  • The Bond Educational Group, Director of Equity and Instruction, 2019-Present


Sue Samuelson Award, Penn State University, Harrisburg, 2018

  • Recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a doctoral student in American Studies

John S. Patterson Award, Penn State University, Harrisburg, 2014

  • Recognizes outstanding academic achievement by an M.A. student in American Studies.



  • Shades of Brown: The Official Biography of Jane Elliott and the Blue Eyes, Browns Exercise (Oxford Southern, Sunbury Press, 2023)

  • Like a Champion: A Story About Building Confidence (Austin Macauley Publishers, November 2023)

  • Co-Editor: Equity Planning for School Leaders: Approaches to Student Diversity, Access and Opportunity (McFarland & Company, Inc. Volume 2, November 2023) 

  • Co-Editor: Equity in the Classroom: Essays on Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches to Empowering All Students (McFarland & Company, Inc., Volume 1, October 2022)

  • The N-Word in Music: An American History (McFarland & Company, Inc., May 2022)

  • Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White High Schools (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2020)

  • Displaced: Surviving the Holocaust and the Road to a New Beginning with Linda Schwab (Sunbury Press, 2019)

  • Glenn Killinger, All-American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero (McFarland & Company, Inc., 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, authored a chapter, 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)


  • "Shall Liberty Dwell?: James Forten and the Struggle for Black Rights in Early Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Heritage, December 2023)

  • "The Fastest Man on Earth: Barney Ewell and the Story of Two Lost Olympiads" (Pennsylvania Heritage, April 2022)

  • "Without Fear and Without Reproach: Octavius V. Catto and the Early Civil Rights Movement in Pennsylvania" (Pennsylvania Heritage, January 2021)

  • "Fighter's Heaven: Muhammad Ali's Training Camp in the Pennsylvania Wilderness" (Pennsylvania Heritage, September 2020)

  • "Art Activists Unveil Harrisburg's First Monument Honoring African American Trailblazers." (Pennsylvania Heritage, Forthcoming September 2020)

  • "Indomitable: Ora Washington, Philadelphia's Ultimate Sports Trailblazer" (Pennsylvania Heritage, January 2020)

  • "100 Years: The Penn State-Pitt Rivalry" (Pennsylvania Heritage, June 2019)

  • "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)


Panelist. "Policy Advocacy Webinar Series: Critical Race Theory." The Learning Institute and The Robert S. and Sue Walker Center for Civic Responsibility and Leadership at Millersville University, Pennsylvania. April 6, 2022.


"A Conversation on Hate Speech and the Constitution: History, Culture, and a School-Centered First Amendment Solution." Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA. Strengthening Community: Confronting Hate Speech By Building Understanding & Empathy Event. March 28, 2022


"Customizing Instruction: In Pursuit of Curricular Equity at Diversifying Schools"

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES Conference, "We Are Here . . . A Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference," February 9, 2022


"Pedagogy, Patience, and Persistence: An Academic Equity Curriculum Guide for Educators." Antiracist Summit, Millersville University. April 1, 2021


Moderator, "A Conversation 'With' Injustice." (Panel Moderator) Alvernia University. Reading, Pennsylvania. September 17, 2020


Panelist, "A Gathering at the Crossroads: Historians of the Post-Civil War on Black Lives Matter." The Frances Project and the Peace Promenade Monument Project Association. August 12, 2020.


Panelist, "I Can't Breathe Series: Educators' Episode." The Bond Educational Group. June 5, 2020


Panelist, "Race in America, After George Floyd." Community Now Session Webinar, Lancaster (PA) YWCA, June 4, 2020.


Moderator, "Lifting Up Student Voice and Engagement: Developing an Education Practice that is for Students and Done With Students." Pennsylvania School Board Association, Equity Summit: Developing Culturally Responsive District Leaders In Pennsylvania. Hershey, PA. October 15, 2019.


"The Question of Race Studies and the Effort to Transform Pedagogy in a Rural and Majority White School District." Summer Institute on Education Equity and Social Justice Conference, Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools. American University, June 28, 2019


"Webcast: Equity in Schools -- Gaining Momentum." Pennsylvania School Board Association, October 24, 2018


"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.


"Pedagogy, Patience, and Persistence: an Academic Equity Curriculum Guide for Educators." PSSC Penn State University College of Education. April 13, 2021


"A Discussion with Connor Towne O'Neill and Todd Mealy, Confederate Monuments and Race Conscious Instruction." Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg, PA, December 15, 2020


"50 Years Later: The Black Student Protest at F&M in 1969." Franklin and Marshall College, October 24, 2019


"Todd Mealy, Head Football Coach at Lancaster Catholic Sits Down With Us." Opinionated Facts Podcast, Episode 28, February 24, 2019


"Synthetic Heroism: Glenn Killinger, World War I, and the Birth of the American Hero." Millersville Area Historical Society. Nov. 10, 2018


"Equity in Schools -- Gaining Momentum." Pennsylvania School Board Association, Equity Webinar, October 24, 2018.


"Glenn Killinger and the Intersection of Sports and Politics." Midtown Scholar. Harrisburg, PA. June 5, 2018


"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

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