College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Artist and Scholar Program Welcomes Historian Kristofer Ray

JANUARY 05, 2022

Kristofer Ray will join the Department of History for a seven-week residency beginning January 2022 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Visiting Artist and Scholar Program. 

Ray is an Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and a co-founder and co-editor of the Indians and Southern History series at the University of Alabama Press. His research focuses on Indigenous North America, European colonialism and the evolution of race, ethnicity and group identity formation between the 16th and 19th centuries.

As a CAS Visiting Scholar, Ray will present workshops and lectures examining the construction of a legal discourse surrounding the enslavement of Indigenous people in British North America and the subsequent American Republic, specifically focusing on the Chesapeake region and the Carolinas.

“The Department of History is excited to welcome Dr. Kristofer Ray this spring,” said Lynn Mollenauer, chair of the department. “Dr. Ray, who studies the long history of Native American slavery–seven million Indigenous people (North American and South American) were enslaved between 1492 and 1900–plans to offer talks on the English Indian Slave trade, the experience of Native Americans during the American Revolution and the construction of Indigenous policy in the early United States. He will also facilitate workshops between UNCW faculty and students and the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation."

Established in 2019, the CAS Visiting Artist and Scholar Program brings visiting faculty members from different disciplines to UNCW to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and applied learning.

-G. Guthrie