Prof. Ball at the Oso in Madrid

Rachael "Ray" Ball

Assistant Professor of History
Office: 147-G
Phone: (907)786-4978


Ray Ball is an Assistant Professor of History. She grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and has been slowly migrating north. She taught at Kenyon College and Minnesota State University, Mankato prior to joining the History Department at UAA in the fall of 2012. Ball has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants, including a Tinker Field Research Grant and a Fulbright to Spain. She has attended summer seminars with the Making Publics Project and served as a co-investigator on the Altamira Project at the Hispanic Society of America funded by the Mellon Foundation. When she's not in the classroom or the archives, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and traveling.


BA, History, University of Oklahoma (2003)

MA, History, The Ohio State University (2004)

PhD, History, The Ohio State University (2010)

Teaching Responsibilites

HIST 101: Western Civilization I
HIST 102: Western Civilization II
HIST 308: Europe in the High Middle Ages
HIST 310: Renaissance and Reformation Europe
HIST 312: Early Modern Europe
HIST 336: Latin America to 1800
HIST 338: Modern Latin America
HIST 390: Themes in World History
HIST 406: Medieval Iberia
HIST 408: Early Modern Iberia
HIST 418: Tudor and Stuart England

Research Interests

Early Modern Iberia, Early Modern Europe, Colonial Latin America, Atlantic World, Counter-Reformation Piety, Political Culture, Theater History and Historiography, Women and Gender in the Renaissance and Reformation



"Water, Wine, and Aloja: Consuming Interests in the Corrales de Comedias 1600-1646," Comedia Performance Vol. 10, No. 1 (March 2013): 59-92.

Works in Progress:

Book Manuscript: Treating the Public: Public Drama, Public Health, and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Co-edited Critical Edition: Las instrucciones hológrafas de Carlos V para su hijo Felipe en 1543: edición crítica.

Article: "'A Moment's Amusement': Advertising Entertainment in the Early American Republic, 1790-1800"

Article: "Antitheatrical Angst and Cultural Crisis in Early Modern England and Spain."