John A. Ray

Director, International Studies Program

First Year at Xavier



Dr. John Ray is an Associate Professor of Political Science and director of Xavier University's International Studies program. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1988, his MA from the University of Chicago in 1981, and his BA from Claremont McKenna College in 1979.

Ray is director of the Political Thought minor and co-editor of French Studies: Literature, Culture and Politics (Honore Champion, 2014). In addition, Ray serves as the coordinator of the Washington Center Internship program for the Department of Political Science.

Courses Taught:

  • CORE 100: Lincoln and the Debate on Slavery
  • CORE 100: Tocqueville on Democracy
  • POLI 301: Political Philosophy
  • POLI 302: Liberalism and its Critics
  • POLI 307: The Politics of Commerce and Character
  • POLI 308: Rousseau's Human and Political Vision
  • POLI 309: Montesquieu and Tocqueville
  • POLI 347: Supreme Court on Civil Liberties
  • POLI 363: Lincoln and the Conditions of Freedom
  • POLI 396: International Studies Internship
  • POLI 401: Washington DC Internship
  • POLI 402: Washington DC Internship Course


  • Ph.D. (University of Chicago) 1988,M.A. (University of Chicago) 1981,B.A. (Claremont McKenna College) 1979