Travis E. Ross

Historian of capitalism, knowledge, and the Pacific World

About me

headshot of Travis E. Ross I am a historian of the United States in transnational perspective. I completed my PhD in history at the University of Utah in 2017. Originally from western Montana, I currently live with my wife and two children in central Connecticut.

I use the history of publishing to examine the enduring relationship between knowledge and capitalism in America since the nineteenth century. My research focuses especially on the intellectual history of American regionalism, especially the production of knowledge in and about the North American West and Pacific World.

I am currently a visiting postdoctoral scholar at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. I am conducting research at the Beinecke Library for a monograph, tentatively titled History, Inc. I also have in progress four related essays focused on the intellectual and cultural history of history. History can refer to many things: a category of human knowledge, an intellectual discipline, any of several professions, and a polarized genre of literature. The history of history offers a useful microcosm to explore the history of the humanities more generally, and I focus especially on the business models and publics that have underwritten and shaped historical production in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on a panel proposal for an upcoming conference.

Travis E. Ross, PhD Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar,
Beinecke Library, Yale University