Ray Ball

Assistant Professor of History
Office: 147-G
Phone: (907)786-4978
Email: rball11@uaa.alaska.edu


Ray Ball is an Assistant Professor of History at UAA. Prior to joining the department in 2012, she taught at Kenyon College and Minnesota State University. Ball's research interests largely focus on the intersections of political culture and popular culture in early modern Spain, England, and the Atlantic World. She has been a recipient of a Fulbright and grants from the Tinker Foundation and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. When 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 Responsibilities

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 377: Historiography
HIST 390: Themes in World History
HIST 406: Medieval Iberia
HIST 408: Early Modern Iberia
HIST 418: Tudor and Stuart England
HIST 477: Senior Seminar

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



Cómo ser rey. Instrucciones del emperador Carlos V a su hijo Felipe (Madrid: CEEH, 2014).


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

"'Beautiful Serpents' and 'Cathedras of Pestilence': Antitheatrical Traditions, Gendered Decline, and Political Crisis in Early Modern Spain and England," Sixteenth Century Journal 43, no. 3 (Fall 2015): 541-563.

Works in Progress:

Book Manuscript: Treating the Public: Public Drama, Public Health, and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Atlantic World, under contract at Louisiana State University Press

Article: "'The Birth of a Prince': Royal Authority, Imperial Identities and Festivals in the Early Modern Spanish World"