Travis E. Ross

Historian of capitalism, knowledge, and the Pacific World


I have worked as an instructor within and beyond academe, designing and teaching courses that have included undergraduate surveys, seminars on historical theory and methods, and public adult education classes.

I recently worked as the project manager and research historian at the head of a team of professionals and private contributors to design an exhibit of forty rare maps (1550-1988) from several institutional and private collections around Utah. A collaborative effort between the Utah Division of State History and the Capitol Preservation Board, Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps will be on dispaly at the Utah State Capitol from January to August 2017.

My teaching interests and expertise cover U.S. history broadly, especially the nineteenth century.

I have particular regional expertise in:

  • western U.S. history
  • the Pacific World
  • Latin America
  • borderland studies

My teaching and research expertise centers on:

  • book history
  • the history of science and knowledge
  • U.S. intellectual history
  • the history capitalism
  • the history of history
  • the history of American higher education
  • American religious history
  • public history
  • memory studies