Faculty Spotlight: Victor Ray

Professor Ray

We are extremely fortunate to welcome a pair of outstanding sociologists to our faculty: Victor Ray and Louise Seamster. Here is a brief introduction to Victor: Victor Ray was born in Pittsburgh, and raised in Western Pennsylvania. After high school, he studied classical ballet while waiting tables in various places across the U.S., before landing in New York City. Eventually tiring of the precarity inherent in arts and service work, he enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College before transferring to Vassar, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies. Following Vassar, Victor went to graduate school at Duke University to study Sociology with a focus on race and ethnicity; there, he earned his PhD in 2014.

Victor Ray’s research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. Currently, he is working on two book manuscripts: a project focused on race and organizational theory and an edited volume (co-edited with Jennifer Mueller) on race and sociological theory writ large. His work has been published in the American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociological Theory. Victor’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, among others. In addition to this research, Victor is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, and Boston Review. 



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