Louis Ray

Associate Professor of Education

Peter Sammartino School of Education


Peer reviewed research presented at: the  Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); the American Educational Studies Association (AESA); the History of Education Society (HES); and the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE).

Selected Publications - sole author ofCharles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur of the Civil Rights Movement, 1932-1954, Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2012). Charles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur is the recipient of the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Book Award (2013).

Other Scholarly Affiliations: The Journal of Negro Education (peer reviewer); Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (peer reviewer).


Short Abstract

Dr. Louis Ray earned the doctorate in the history of education at New York University under the tutelage of Henry J. Perkinson. Dr. Ray earned an MFA in writing at Columbia University, and the BA in history at St. Lawrence University. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he entered college teaching after serving as a Federal TRIO project administrator at the City University of New York (Hunter College). He is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the History of Education Society (HES), the American Educational Studies Association (AESA). He has presented peer reviewed research at the previously mentioned scholarly societies and at the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE). His research interests include US educational history, African American history, the history of US higher education, evaluation and assessment, biography, educational equity, and mentoring students from groups underrepresented in undergraduate and graduate education.  He is the author of Charles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur of the Civil Rights Movement, 1932-1954, Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. His study is the first, full-length study of Charles Thompson’s contributions to U. S. education and the civil rights movement. Charles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur of the Civil Rights Movement, 1932-1954 is the recipient of the American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Book Award (2013).

University College

Peter Sammartino School of Education
Mail Stop T-BH2-01
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666


Courses taught: Evaluation and Measurement (EDUC 6893); Human Relations and Conflict Resolution for Educators (EDUC 7763); Final Project (Research Methods), EDUC 7812.

Education: PhD, New York University, history of education;  MFA, Columbia University, writing; BA, St. Lawrence University, history.