Lecturer AY-A, History
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Th 9:30-10:30am or by appointment
Ray earned his bachelor's degree from University of California at Santa Cruz in 2007. Passionate about both history and politics, he chose the former because the history department's undergraduate advisor aptly made the case that studying history would allow him to explore both. There he studied Modern European Intellectual History with Dr. Jon Beecher. Ray went on to study with Dr. Mary Pickering at San Jose State University where he earned a master's degree in 2010.
Ray's interests include the historiography of the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, Fascism and the Cold War and has written on Rosa Luxemburg, and the socialist women's movement, George Orwell and the Left Book Club, Robespierre and Rousseau, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Emile Zola, Hanna Arendt, Virginia Woolf and Andre Gide, among others. Ray also has a special interest in political and social thought, and tends to focus on the history of ideas in his teaching.
In addition to being a historian, Ray works as a professional guitarist, vocalist and bandleader in four local cover bands, and as a freelance guitarist in a variety of groups in the area. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 6.