Tom Ray, Associate Professor of History, has taught at Wayland since 1983. Born in Tulsa and raised in Oklahoma City, he graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1974, summa cum laude, with a double major in history and political science.  He was also named Outstanding Senior Man in the College of Arts and Sciences there.  In 1977 he received a M.A. in history from TCU, where he continued his doctoral studies until 1980. From 1980 through 1983 he was an instructor at James Madison University before arriving at WBU. 


He has delivered papers or been a discussant at several conferences, including Phi Alpha Theta, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Southwestern Social Science Association.  His most recent publications include articles in Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (2005), and articles in a forthcoming work, The Encyclopedia of the Early Republic and Antebellum America.   The Federalist period, particularly the presidency of John Adams, is his special area of interest.  He is currently working on a new course involving conspiracy theories in American history.


Professor Ray is married to Linda, who has taught at College Hill elementary school since 1993.  They have two grown children, Christy and Nathan, and five grandchildren.  He spends his spare time reading, traveling and enjoying his grandchildren.



  • B.A., Oklahoma City University, 1974
  • M.A., Texas Christian University, 1977
  • study, Texas Christian University, 1978-80


HIST 2301, 2302 US History Survey

HIST 3310 US Diplomatic History

HIST 4300 Colonial America

HIST 4301 The New Nation

HIST 4302 The Age of Jefferson and Jackson

HIST 4305 Recent America

Full-time at WBU since 1983