Ray Zimmerman

Ray B. Zimmerman

Contact Information

English Instructor
Office Location
LRC 324A
School / Office / Department
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Program / Division

Personal Information



Dr. Ray Zimmerman was born in London, England in 1962, emigrated to the U.S. in 1984, and received a doctorate in English Literature from UC Irvine in 1994. His doctoral work focused on representations of masculinity, militarism, domestic violence, and institutional racism in 20th century American literature.

He joined Saddleback College in August, 2009. His responsibilities include teaching Literature, English Composition, and Honors classes. He is co-Chair of Saddleback's Equity and Diversity Committee and a member of the President's Equity and Inclusion Council.

Prior to joining Saddleback College, he taught English Composition and British and American Literature at UC Irvine where he was a Course Director for developmental and freshman writing classes. He has also taught contemporary British Literature in UC Irvine's Summer M.A. In English Program.

In his spare time, Ray volunteers with numerous Orange County organizations devoted to race unity, gender equality, and inter-religious understanding. He serves as a member of the the OC Sheriff's Interfaith Advisory Council and an advisory board member for Chapman University's Interfaith Center. He lives in the city of Orange, CA with his wife, Becky Bourgeois.

Honors and Awards:

  • NAACP Citizen of Distinction Award for Education, 2004
  • Mid-America American Studies Association Stone-Suderman Award, Best Essay in American Studies in 1999, for “Gruntspeak: Masculinity, Monstrosity and Discourse in Hasford’s The Short-Timers,” 2000

Research Interests:

  • Composition Pedagogy
  • 20th & 21st Century British and American Literature
  • Classical Mythology
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Trauma Theory
  • Humanities
  • Multiculturalism

Formal Education

  • Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 1994
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine, 1989
  • B.A., University of Texas, Dallas, 1986

Certifications and Training

  • Saddleback College "Intro to Equity" Theory and Practice" Training Course (co-facilitator)
  • Saddleback College Equity Training Series, 2022 (participant)
  • Online Education, 2020 (participant)

Recent Publications/Presentations

Recent Publications: 

  • The Postcolonial Reader, custom anthology with Dr. Margot Lovett, 2017-22

Selected Presentations:

  • "The Syllabus Makeover: How to Create an Engaging, Interactive Course Syllabus with Personality and Flair," Saddleback Flex Week, 2018 (with Dr. Bridget Hoida Mulholland)
  • "Teaching Power, Resistance and Empire," Saddleback Flex Week, 2017 (with Dr. Margot Lovett)
  • "IEDs of the Mind: Fives and Twenty-Fives and the Literature of Trauma," Saddleback Flex Week, 2016