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Angela G. Ray
Associate Professor
Communication Studies; Radio/Television/Film

Angela G. Ray

Angela Ray studies and teaches in the areas of rhetorical criticism and history. Her 2005 book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States, won five national awards, and between 2010 and 2013 she held a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern’s highest honor for teaching. Ray is especially interested in popular media and education in the nineteenth-century United States, focusing on how lecturing and debating affected perceptions of race, gender, national and international belonging, and political turmoil. Her new book project examines young men’s debating societies in the decade leading up to the Civil War.


PhDSpeech-Communication, University of Minnesota
MADrama and Theatre Studies, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London
BAEnglish & Chemistry, Transylvania University

Recent Publications

Ray, Angela G. “A Green Oasis in the History of My Life”: Race and the Culture of Debating in Antebellum Charleston, South Carolina. 2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture. Salt Lake City: Department of Communication, University of Utah, 2014.

VanderHaagen, Sara C., and Angela G. Ray. “A Pilgrim-Critic at Places of Public Memory: Anna Dickinson’s Southern Tour of 1875.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 100, no. 3 (August 2014): 348-74.

Ray, Angela G. “How Cosmopolitan Was the Lyceum, Anyway?” In The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Lecture Culture and the Globe in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Tom F. Wright, 23–41. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

Ray, Angela G. “Making History by Analogy: Frederick Douglass Remembers William the Silent.” In Exploring Argumentative Contexts, edited by Frans H. van Eemeren and Bart Garssen, 97–114. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012.

Ray, Angela G. The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2005.

Recent Achievements

2014-2015 Faculty Fellow, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University

2010-2013 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University

For her book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States:
Book Award, Rhetoric Society of America

James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, National Communication Association

Diamond Anniversary Book Award, National Communication Association

Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award, Public Address Division, National Communication Association

Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award, American Forensic Association