Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Alaska Anchorage
Website URL
early modern Spain, Spanish Empire, Spanish monarchy, theater history and historiography, early modern acting companies, festivals, political culture, urban history, actresses, early modern sumptuary laws, digital humanities
Additional Contact Information
I am on sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Personal Info

About Me

Rachael “Ray” Ball is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she teaches courses on early modern European, Atlantic World, and Latin American history. Prior to joining the department in 2012, she taught at Kenyon College and Minnesota State University. She received her PhD from the Ohio State University in 2010. Dr. Ball’s research interests largely focus on the intersections of political culture and popular culture in early modern Europe, primarily in the peninsular and overseas realms of the Spanish monarchy.

When not in the classroom or the archives, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and traveling. Ball is also a creative writer with poetry and fiction publications in a number of literary magazines and journals including Cirque, Foliate Oak, Longleaf Review, and West Texas Literary Review.

Recent Publications

Treating the Public: Charitable Theater and Civic Health in the Early Modern Atlantic World (Louisiana State University Press, 2017).

“‘Beautiful Serpents’ and ‘Cathedras of Pestilence’: Antitheatrical Traditions, Gendered Decline, and Political Crisis in Early Modern Spain and England,” Sixteenth Century Journal 43, no. 3 (Fall 2015): 541-563.

Cómo ser rey. Instrucciones del emperador Carlos V a su hijo Felipe (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europeos Hispánica 2014).

“Water, Wine, and Aloja: Consuming Interests in the Corrales de Comedias 1600-1646,” Comedia Performance 10, no. 1 (March 2013): 59-92.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Spain, Spanish Empire
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Latin America, Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Politics, Religion, Women