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David Ray

Dean of the Honors College

Professor of Political Science

A Message From the Dean

OU’s Honors College seeks to provide the environment of a small, very fine liberal arts college inside a large public research university.  (It is important to remember that liberal arts in the classical sense include math and the sciences as well as humanities and the arts.)  More specifically, the Honors College provides a space – an actual physical space – where OU’s most highly motivated and talented students can find each other, where they can find friends with common interests and tastes as well as friends from all majors and Colleges. We encourage Honors students to take ownership of the building, and to use the 24-hour computer lab, the 24-hour quiet reading room, and the 24-hour student lounge that are for Honors students only.  We try to listen carefully to our students when they tell us what opportunities and activities they need and would like.  As a consequence, much of our programming is student-initiated and student-organized.  In addition, the Honors College faculty and staff are committed to working closely with Honors students to help them obtain the highest quality education possible, and to work with them both in small Honors classes and through directed research, organized discussion groups, and informal conversation.  Should you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.  My door is always open to current students, prospective students, and our many distinguished Honors alumni.

David Ray

Location: Boren Hall 160
Phone: 405-325-5291


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University
  • M.A., Political Science, Stanford University
  • B.A., Political Science, Yale University

Ray came to OU in 1992, after fourteen years at Georgia Tech and three years at Boston College.  At Tech he won “Teacher of the Year” and the IFC’s Outstanding Teacher award.  At OU, Ray has received the Award for Outstanding Teacher in General Education, 1995; Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching, 1999; Student Athletes Association Award for "Most Inspiring Professor," 2000; University College Award for Outstanding Instructor in a Freshman Seminar, 2001; OU Foundation “Excellence in Teaching” Award, 2007; the Student Government Association Award for Outstanding Teacher, 2009; Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence  “Outstanding Teacher in a Research University” award, 2011.

Research interests:

  • Politics of Budgetary and Monetary Policy
  • Political Change in the Developing Nations
  • Congressional Oversight of US Intelligence Agencies
  • Comparative Public Policy in the Fifty States
  • Historiography of Political Economy as a Discipline

Courses taught:

  • HON 2973 Politics of US Economic Policy
  • HON 2973 Generational Politics
  • HON 3993 Asia and Africa Before the Impact of Modernization
  • HON 3993  Asia and Africa After the Impact of Modernization
  • UCOL 1022 The CIA and Congress