Todd M. Mealy


Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.



Ph.D. Penn State University (American Studies, 2018)

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 and Culture



Adjunct Professor, Dickinson College, 2019
Equity Task Force, Pennsylvania School Board Association, 2018-present
Teacher, Penn Manor High School, Penn Manor School District, 2007-present
Teacher, JP McCaskey High School, School District of Lancaster, 2001-2007


American History, 1877 to present (Dickinson)
Landmarks of the Underground Railroad (Dickinson)
AP Seminar: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (Penn Manor)
United States History 2 (Penn Manor)
IB History of the Americas (McCaskey)
IB Twentieth Century Topics (McCaskey)


Sue Samuelson Award, Penn State University, Harrisburg, 2018
Recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a doctoral student in American Studies

Jon S. Patterson Award, Penn State University, Harrisburg, 2014
Recognizes outstanding academic achievement by an M.A. student in American Studies.



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

(In Progress) The Palmer Raids and the Violent History of How America has Treated Immigrants (Tentatively 2021)

(In Progress) Teaching About Race to White Students: The Case for Responsible Social Justice Pedagogy (Tentatively 2022)  

(In Progress) Ballots to Bullets: Transnational Revolutionary Relations and Insurrection in the Era of the Slavocracy (Tentatively 2025)

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


"The History of the Penn State-Pitt Football Rivalry" (Forthcoming, Pennsylvania Heritage, September 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)


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


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

"Race Conscious Education at a Rural School District: The Challenges of Engaging Students in Social Justice Pedagogy." Lebanon Valley College. Equity Summit: Reimagining in Equitable Spaces in K-12 Education in Pennsylvania and Beyond. October 16, 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.


"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