Buyco, Raymand Michael

Raymand Michael Buyco

Lecturer AY-B, History
Faculty Fellow, Veteran's Resource Center
Chapter President, California Faculty Association, San Jose




Preferred: (408) 924-5517

Office Hours

Spring '24: Tuesdays 3-4pm & Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm, all on Zoom (email for link)

Veterans Resource Center Advising Hours, S '24: T 2-5pm; W 2-5pm; Th 2-5pm, F email for appointment


  • Master of Arts, History, San Jose State University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2007

Licenses and Certificates

SJSU "Do the Flip" Summer Workshop

SJSU "Course Design" Summer Institute

SJSU "Summer Teach Online" Certificate Program

SJSU "Resilient Course Design" Institute


History matters. One must understand the past to more clearly see the present. This is why I study and teach history. 

I spent most of my adult life making my living as a musician. I continue to play guitar and sing professionally to supplement to my income as a professor and I still enjoy working in the field. I do not enjoy moving and setting up equipment, but it is part of the gig. I am a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 6.

I was lucky enough to be able to return to University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005 to finish a bachelors degree. I had dropped out more than a decade earlier to become a professional musician. Passionate about both history and politics, I chose the former because the history department's undergraduate advisor aptly made the case that studying history would allow me to explore both. I studied modern European history with Dr. Jonathan Beecher, who recommended I continue on to graduate school at San Jose State University to study European history with Dr. Mary Pickering. I earned my MA in History in 2010. I was fortunate to have had a wonderful experience at both universities, and I am honored to be a member of the faculty of the SJSU History Department. 

My interests include the American and French Revolutions, abolition and civil rights, the Russian Revolution, fascism and totalitarianism, the New Deal and the Great Society, the Reagan counterrevolution, and the Cold War. I have a special interest in political and social thought, and tend to focus on the history of ideas in my teaching. 

I teach History 15, "Essential American History," and History 10B, "Western Civilization from 1648."

In addition to teaching history at SJSU, I am the faculty fellow at the SJSU Veteran's Resource Center, CFA-SJSU Chapter President and I teach history part-time at Ohlone and De Anza colleges.