Donna Ray

Lecturer III
Senior Lecturer

Photo: Donna Ray

Office: HUM 461


B.A., Wheaton College, 1987
M.A., Northwestern University, 1992
M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1995
STM, Yale University, 1999
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2011

Research Interests:

American Religion, History of Christianity, Western Religions

Research Statement:

Medieval and Early Modern Europe, History of Christianity, Historical theology, Comparative religion, Religious fundamentalism, Mystical and visionary experience, New religious movements, Religious entrepreneurship



Donna Ray has been a Lecturer in the UNM History Department and Religious Studies Program since 2011.  She teaches the two-semester course on the History of Christianity along with courses on Religion in American History, Western Religions, and subsets of those, including an upper-division course on Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals.  Her dissertation on medieval women’s visions of the Holy Trinity combined her interests in medieval Europe, historical theology, and visionary literature.  Current interests include new religious movements and religious entrepreneurship.

Recent/Select Publications:

Donna E. Ray, Shawn L. Berman, Michael E. Johnson-Cramer, and Harry J. Van Buren III.  2012. “Refining Normative Stakeholder Theory: Insights from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, Special Issue on Stakeholder Theory and Workplace Spirituality (forthcoming).



  • Western Religions
  • Religion in American History
  • Christianity 1517- Present
  • Christianity to 1517
  • Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals