Skylar Ray

Ph.D. Student
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Advisor: Barry Hankins


  • MA in History, Baylor University (Waco, TX)
  • BA in History and Spanish, Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK)

Research Interests

My research interests center on the intersection of culture and lived religion in the twentieth-century US. My current thesis project explores the convergence of midcentury student movements, liberal Protestant theology, and American popular culture in motive magazine, the official publication of the Methodist Student Movement from 1941-1972.


Oral Roberts Umiversity History Department Outstanding Senior Paper 2014, Trustee's Academic Scholarship 2010-2014, William A. Bushman Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition winner, 2010


“The Pulse of Waco Medicine: On the 150th anniversary of the McLennan County Medical Society, local doctors reflect on their careers and changes in the field.” Waco Heritage and History. Volume 42 (Spring 2016): 5-8.

Miscellaneous: Since the summer of 2015, I have worked as a graduate assistant at the Baylor University Institute for Oral History. In addition to working as an editorial assistant, I lead a project with the McLennan County Medical Society, in which I conducted a series of oral histories with prominent local doctors on the evolution of the medical profession in the twentieth century and its relationship to American culture, religion, and society. I also serve as a member of the Library Information Technology Services Committee at Baylor University (2015-2017).