Ray Block is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. Previously, he was on the faculty at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and he specializes in the areas of racial and ethnic group politics, voting behavior, and public opinion. 


Ray previously served as an expert witness for the Southern Coalition of Social Justice, where he was recruited to explore voting patterns in U.S. and North Carolina state congressional contests. Ray was also commissioned by the representatives of Advancement Project and the Southwest Workers Union to investigate the political relationship between Latino and non-Latino residents in Medina County, TX. 


More recently, Ray has been working as a Senior Research Analyst for Latino Decisions, a Latino political opinion research firm, on various projects designed to explore voter mobilization and other forms of civic engagement in African American communities.