Travis E. Ross

Historian of Knowledge, Capitalism, and the Pacific

About me

headshot of Travis E. Ross I am a historian of knowledge before the modern research university. Broadly, my research examines how capitalism conditioned the production and consumption of historical knowledge around the moment of academic professionalization. Regionally, my research focuses on the intellectual history of American regionalism, especially the production of knowledge in and about the North American West and Pacific World.

During the 2017–2018 academic year I will be a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. At the Beinecke Library, I will be working on a history of subscription publishing in the long nineteenth century. I also have in progress a monograph, which is tentatively titled History, Inc.

I have published in Southern California Quarterly and have presented papers at flagship conferences, including the Western History Association, the American Historical Association, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publication. I recently participated in the American Antiquarian Society’s Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture as well as the California Rare Book School course on California and the far west.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on a panel proposal for an upcoming conference. I am currently working on pieces that examine:

  • The cultural and intellectual history of history
  • The intellectual history of American regionalism
  • Subscription models in the history of funding knowledge
Travis E. Ross, PhD Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher,
Beinecke Library, Yale University