kristofer-ray

Professor Kristofer Ray

Leverhulme Trust Lecturer in Indigenous America

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Kristofer Ray is Leverhulme Trust Lecturer in Indigenous America. A student of the 16th-18th Century Native South, Indigenous Ohio Valley, and Indian slavery, he also edits the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and co-edits the “Indians and Southern History” series with the University of Alabama Press. In addition to several books chapters and journal articles, he is the author of Middle Tennessee, 1775-1825: Progress and Popular Democracy on the Southwestern Frontier (Tennessee, 2007) and Cherokees, Europeans, and Empire in the Trans-Appalachian West, 1670-1774 (forthcoming). He also co-edit with Brady DeSanti (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) a volume titled Understanding and Teaching Native American History: Essays and Resources (under contract, Wisconsin).

Ray received my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.

Book Chapter

Cherokees, Empire, and the Tennessee Corridor in the British Imagination, 1670-1730

Ray, K. (2015). Cherokees, Empire, and the Tennessee Corridor in the British Imagination, 1670-1730. In K. Ray (Ed.), Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee, 1540–1800, 35-64. University of Tennessee Press

Searching for John Sevier: Myth, memory, and the history of early Tennessee history

Ray, K., & Barksdale, K. (2015). Searching for John Sevier: Myth, memory, and the history of early Tennessee history. In K. Ray (Ed.), Before the volunteer state: New thoughts on early Tennessee, 1540–1800, 201-216. University of Tennessee Press

Journal Article

Constructing a Discourse of Indigenous Slavery, Freedom, and Sovereignty in Anglo-Virginia, 1600-1750

Ray, K. (2017). Constructing a Discourse of Indigenous Slavery, Freedom, and Sovereignty in Anglo-Virginia, 1600-1750. Native South, 10, 19-39. https://doi.org/10.1353/nso.2017.0002

'The Indians of every denomination were free, and independent of us’: White Southern Explorations of Indigenous Slavery, Freedom, and Society, 1772-1830

Ray, K. (2016). 'The Indians of every denomination were free, and independent of us’: White Southern Explorations of Indigenous Slavery, Freedom, and Society, 1772-1830. American Nineteenth Century History, 17(2), 139-159. https://doi.org/10.1080/14664658.2016.1215019

Leadership, Loyalty, and Sovereignty in the Revolutionary American Southwest: The State of Franklin as Case Study

Ray, K. (2015). Leadership, Loyalty, and Sovereignty in the Revolutionary American Southwest: The State of Franklin as Case Study. The North Carolina historical review, 92(2), 123-144

Research interests

Indigenous North America

Indigenous Sovereignty

16th-18th Century Native South and Ohio Valley

The Legal Construction of Indigenous Slavery

Postgraduate supervision

Indigenous North America

Indigenous Sovereignty

16th-18th Century Native South and Ohio Valley

The Legal Construction of Indigenous Slavery

Early America

Journal editorial role

Editor, Tennessee Historical Quarterly

2010 - 2020

Guest Editor, Native South Vol. 10 (2017)

2017 - 2017

Other

Co-Editor, "Indians and Southern History" Series, University of Alabama Press

2017 - 2020

Director, Post Graduate Research Program

2019