Kristofer Ray

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Affiliated Scholar, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Associate Professor, History, Austin Peay State University

  • About

    Kristofer Ray is an Earhart Foundation Fellow at the William L. Clements Library. He is also senior editor of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and an associate professor of history at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, and his first book, Middle Tennessee, 1775-1825: Progress and Popular Democracy on the Southwestern Frontier, was published in 2007. Most recently he edited an essay collection titled, Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee History, 1670-1800, which will be published in November 2014. His primary research interests are identity formation and Indian-European interaction in early modern North America, with particular focus on the trans-Appalachian West. 

    While in residence at the Eisenberg Institute, Professor Ray will investigate the extent to which Indians shaped both European imperial identities and programs of trans-Appalachian expansion, circa 1670-1763. Specifically, he will explore how Cherokees helped set the parameters of British and French western policy along a corridor stretching from the Tennessee River to the Illinois Country and the Wabash River Valley.

    Professor Ray will be in residence at the Eisenberg Institute from May to August 2014.