Donna Ray

Photo: Donna Ray

Senior Lecturer

Office: HUM 461


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

Research Interests:

American Religion, History of Christianity, Western Religions, New Religious Movements

Research Statement:



Donna Ray has been a Lecturer in the UNM History Department and Religious Studies Program since 2011, with the history of Christianity, western religions, and religion in America being her main teaching and research interests. More specifically, her interests include medieval and early modern Europe, historical theology, comparative religion, theories of religion, religious fundamentalism, mystical and visionary experience, new religious movements, and religious entrepreneurship.  She is currently the Undergraduate Advisor and Honors Advisor for the Religious Studies Program at UNM.

Recent/Select Publications:


Donna E. Ray, Shawn L. Berman, Michael E. Johnson-Cramer, and Harry J. Van Buren III. 2014. “Refining Normative Stakeholder Theory: Insights from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion 11 (4): 331-356.

Donna E. Ray. 2010. “Aimee Semple McPherson and Her Seriously Exciting Gospel.”  Journal of Pentecostal Theology 19 (1): 154-168.

Donna E. Ray. 2009. “‘There is a Threeness about You’: Mechthild of Magdeburg’s Theological Vision.” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History 15 (1): 77-103.

Donna E. Ray. 2000. “A View from the Childwife’s Pew: The Development of Rites around Childbirth in the Anglican Communion.”  Anglican and Episcopal History 69 (4): 443-473.



Quality Matters online course certification, August 2017

Online Course Best Practice Certification, University of New Mexico, April 2017


  • History of Christianity to 1517
  • History of Christianity, 1517 to Present
  • Western Civilization to 1648
  • Western Religions
  • New Religious Movements in America
  • Religion in American History
  • Theories of Religion