Joan Klingel Ray, PhD, is a Janeite: an admirer of the works of Jane Austen. Born and raised in New York City, she received her BA in English with Honors from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook and her AM and PhD in 18th-century British literature from Brown University. After she received an offer for a tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Joan moved west. Having served the University in various administrative posts, she's a tenured professor of English and a President's Teaching Scholar -- a University of Colorado Systemwide Lifetime Title.
Joan Ray is in her third term as President of The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), making her, in the words of JASNA members, "the FDR of JASNA." (You can access JASNA at www.jasna.org) In this role, Joan has lectured on Jane Austen around the world in England, Japan, Australia, and Canada; at The Library of Congress; and in numerous cities and at colleges across the United States from Portland, Maine, to Portland. Oregon, and many cities in between. She's also discussed Austen on National Public Radio's (NPR) "The Diane Rehm Show," on the cable Biography Channel for the "Jane Austen" Bio, and in a variety of newspapers such as The New York Times, Sunday Telegraph (London), and Philadelphia Enquirer. Her refereed essays appear in Studies in Philology, The Explicator, Studies in Short Fiction, The Dickens Quarterly, The George Herbert Journal, Notes and Queries, and Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Joan also complied the "Jane Austen Quotations Calendar," which come out in 2007 for Rizzoli Publications and Universe Calendars (www.rizzoliusa.com) [from Jane Austen for Dummies (2006)]