Ray Buyco

 Ray Buyco




San Jose State University

B.A., Honors

University of California, Santa Cruz


Areas of Interest:

Modern Europe, Modern World, and US History
History of Political Philosophy
The History of Rock, Pop, and Soul Music

“Middle of the Pack,” UFO Newsletter (Publication of the United Faculty of Ohlone College), Spring 2016, 5

“The State of the Local Music Scene 2015: The Amateur vs. The Professional,” Musical News (A publication of American Federation of Musicians, Local 6), March-April 2015, 1 & 7.

Selected Achievements:
The Mildred Gentry Winters Memorial Graduate Scholarship (2008. 2009, 2010)
The Leonard J. Hall Memorial Scholarship (2009)
The Stacy Trenary Beddeson Memorial Scholarship (2010)


Ray Buyco 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. Jonathan Beecher. Ray went on to study with Dr. Mary Pickering at San Jose State University where he earned a master's degree in 2010.

Mr. Buyco'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, Maximilien Robespierre and Jean-Jacques 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. 

Ray teaches History 15, "Essential American History," History 10B, "Western Civilization from 1648," History 1B, "World History from 1500," History 50, "Critical Thinking and Historical Methods," and Sociology 100W, "Writing Workshop.”

In addition to teaching history at SJSU,  Ray teaches writing in the Sociology Dept (100W), is the CFA San Jose Political Action Chair, and teaches American History, World History, European History, and Music History at Ohlone College. He currently serves on the board of the United Faculty of Ohlone College as the Lecturer's Representative.

Mr. Buyco is also a musician, specializing in music performance as a professional guitarist, vocalist and bandleader in four local cover bands, and as a freelance guitarist and vocalist in a variety of groups in the area. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 6.