Department of History

Daren Ray

Daren Ray Assistant Professor
307 Thach Hall
(334) 844-8144

Office Hours

  • Monday 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am


Daren Ray joined Auburn University’s history faculty in 2015. He received his PhD in African History from the University of Virginia and his BA in History from Brigham Young University. Dr. Ray’s current research focuses on the construction and performance of identity in East Africa. He historicizes ethnicity in Africa by bringing evidence from archaeology, historical linguistics, and ethnography into conversation with Kiswahili literature, Mijikenda oral traditions, and British colonial records from the national archives of Kenya and Zanzibar. His research has received support from a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (2009-10) and the Social Science Research Council (2008, 2013).

Ray looks forward to expanding Auburn’s course offerings in African History and teaches in the World History program. Prior to joining Auburn University, he taught at Connecticut College and the American University in Cairo.

Last Updated: April 02, 2019