Ray Zimmerman

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English Instructor
Liberal Arts
Saddleback College

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 militarism, domestic violence, and institutional racism in 20th century American literature.

He joined Saddleback College in August, 2009. His responsibilities include teaching English Composition, Humanities, and British Literature. 

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. A licensed mediator, he also 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.


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

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
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Trauma Theory
  • Humanities
  • Multiculturalism

Selected Publications

  • The Postcolonial Reader, custom anthology with Dr. Margot Lovett, 2017-18
  • Michael Ryan’s Secret Life: A Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man,” Proteus, Fall 2005
  • The Anteater Reader, Editor, 2000-2009
  • A Student Guide to Writing at UCI, Editor and Chapter Editor, 1997-2010
  • “Gruntspeak: Masculinity, Monstrosity and Discourse in Hasford’s The Short-Timers,” American Studies, Spring 1999
  • “Using the World Wide Web for Instructional Development” (with Ellen Strenski), WPA, Spring 1997.

Selected Lectures

  • "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
  • “Error, Correctness, and Academic Discourse,” UCI, 2003-2006
  • “Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing,” UCI, 2003
  • “Perspectives on the ‘American Dream’: American Literature Since World War II,” lecture for the French Ministry of Education TEFL Seminar (UCI Extension), 2003 
  • “The Concept of ‘Race’ and the ‘Other Tradition’ in Race Relations,” California State University, 2002.
  • “Teaching the Racialized Discourses of the Academy in Advanced Writing Courses,” CCCC 2000 
  • “Reading—Writing—Teaching: Revising the Rhetoric and Pedagogy of A Student Guide to Writing at UCI,” UC Council of Writing Programs Conference, UC Berkeley 1997
  • “Mock Subject A: An Occasion for High School-College Community-Building,” UC Council of Writing Programs Conference, UC San Diego 1996.