Lecturer AY-A, History
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T 1030-1130. 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/27 and 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. Ray went on to earn a master's degree from San Jose State University 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 Rouseau, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Emile Zola, Hanna Arendt, Virginia Woolf and Andre Gide, among others.
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 executive board of directors of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 153.