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. “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. “Learning Leadership: Lincoln at the Lyceum, 1838.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 13, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 349–87.

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

Recent Achievements

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

Angela G. Ray

Associate Professor


Communication Studies


Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive
Room 317
Evanston , IL 60208-0880



Graduate Programs:

Communication Studies