Travis E. Ross

Historian of capitalism, knowledge, and the Pacific World



As a Lecturer in the Department of History at Yale University, I taught courses aligned with my central research interests: western regional history, the history of science and technology, economic history, and book studies. I taught “The American West”—a Yale College staple for over a half century—and I created a popular, new lecture course titled “California Capitalism.” I also taught a first-year seminar on book collecting.

Public History

Photo of people looking at the rare map exhibit at the Utah State Capitol, 27 January, 2017. Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News
People look at the rare map exhibit on the 4th floor of the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.  (Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

I worked as the project manager and research historian at the head of a team of professionals and volunteers who put together Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps, a collaborative effort between the Utah Division of State History and the Utah State Capitol Preservation Board. The exhibit displayed a combination of forty rare and historic maps or facsimiles at the Capitol between January and November 2017l. The exhibit has since been displayed at Southern Utah University.

The Western History Association and Autry National Center awarded Utah Drawn the 2018 Autry Public History Prize.