Philosophy and Comics - Fall 2018
Wesley D. Cray

Assistant Professor
Philosophy / Asian Studies
Texas Christian University


I was born on Long Island and grew up in rural Pennsylvania. In 2005, I received a B.A. in Philosophy (with a minor in Religious Studies) from the Cook Honors College at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Ohio State University. From 2012-2013, I was a Senior Lecturer at Ohio State, and then from 2013-2016, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University.

As of 2016, I'm an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department and Asian Studies program at TCUI teach a range of courses on aesthetics, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy.

My research interests are centered on ontological issues pertaining to art, ideas, and the relation between the two. I also have interests in philosophy of religion and philosophy of language.

When not doing academic stuff, I read comics with my cats, Cosey and Foot Foot. On occasion, I perform as a one-person punk band, in which I sing and play both drums and a double-necked electric cigar-box diddley-bow.

In the past, I've been a writer for a music magazine, a radio host and producer, a grocery clerk, a college admissions counselor, a tele-surveyer, a data analyst, and an apartment maintenance person.