Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
B.A. in Political Science, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1994
M.A. in History with Honors, American Military University, 2018
Thesis titled: Major Powell Turns 150: A Sesquicentennial Network Analysis Based Reassessment of the Powell Expeditions Between 1867–1869
M.A. in History with a Public History Concentration (Museum Studies/Historic Preservation), Colorado State University, 2018
Historic Archaeology, Public Archaeology, Ute, Freemont; John W. Powell Expeditions (1867-1875); Colorado History/Archaeology
Ray is pursuing his PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology under Dr. Jason LaBelle as part of CSU’s first class of PhD students. Ray came to Colorado State after retiring from the Army in 2016 to pursue his M.A. degree. He decided to expand his academic pursuits after tacking Historic Archaeology and the CSU Field School in 2017 which included work at Fossil Creek site, the Lindenmeier site, and the games drives at Rollins Pass. Ray also worked with the Field School this past summer including work at the Fossil Creek, Robert’s Ranch, and Skull Creek. He is combining his history and archaeology training as he prepares a National Historic Register nomination of the Roberts Ranch as a Cultural Landscape. He is looking forward to continuing to work on a number of on-going projects under the Center for Mountains and Plains Archaeology (CMPA). He is planning on focusing his dissertation research on nineteenth century Ute and settler sites in northwestern Colorado.
When not working, Ray focuses on his family life with his wife HeyKyung and their son Vincent. His hobbies include photography, history, politics, and travel. Ray spent 22-years in the United States Army as a short-range air defense artillery and psychological operations. He served fourteen years in the Republic of Korea and also was deployed to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Thailand. He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is currently working on a series of events to commemorate the 1869 expeditions of John Wesley Powell down the Green, Grand, and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon which will culminate in a retrace of the exhibition in period boats in 2019 to commemorate the exhibitions 150th anniversary.