As a young boy growing up in rural southeastern Wisconsin, Dr. Lucas was always fascinated by foreign languages and cultures. This fascination led him to pursue degrees in International Studies from Emory University and the University of Denver, to complete a 9-month work/study-abroad program in Ecuador, and to serve for 3+ years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador before he began his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Lucas's teaching and research interests include party politics, public opinion, and economic and political development, with a focus on contemporary Latin America. He has published and/or presented research on Ecuador's education system, party system dynamics in Brazil and El Salvador, the impact of dollarization in Ecuador and El Salvador, and the relationship between ideological labels and voting behavior across Latin America. Along the way, he has conducted research in Ecuador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
Before arriving at Capital University in 2017, Dr. Lucas taught at the University of Minnesota, the State University of New York at Geneseo, and Lycoming College (PA).
When not working, Dr. Lucas enjoys spending time with his wife, María Luisa, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, traveling, and watching fútbol (especially FC Barcelona).