Angela G. Ray

Angela Ray focuses on rhetorical criticism and history. Special interests include popular lecturing in the 19th-century United States and women's rhetoric. Her 2005 book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States, has received five national awards. Ray is working on her next book project, which examines the ways that 19th-century feminists used popular media of the day to influence public opinion.


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., and Cindy Koenig Richards. "Inventing Citizens, Imagining Gender Justice: The Suffrage Rhetoric of Virginia and Francis Minor." Quarterly Journal of Speech 93, no. 4 (November 2007): 375–402.

Ray, Angela G. "The Rhetorical Ritual of Citizenship: Women's Voting as Public Performance, 1868–1875." Quarterly Journal of Speech 93, no. 1 (February 2007): 1–26.

Ray, Angela G. "What Hath She Wrought?: Woman's Rights and the Nineteenth-Century Lyceum." Rhetoric and Public Affairs 9, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 183–213.

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

Recent Achievements

2007 Galbut Outstanding Faculty Award, School of Communication, 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, Charles Deering McCormick; Distinguished Professor


Communication Studies


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Graduate Programs:

Communication Studies