Travis completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in English and Classical Civilization from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 and received his M.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.Travis has taught at BrainChild Education, a tutoring center in Oakland, CA specializing in English and Mathematics for K-12 students in the Bay Area. From 2010-2012, he also worked as a peer learning facilitator at UCLA's Academics in the Commons (now Athletics Peer Learning Labs), where he regularly held tutorials on composition and literature. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for the Community College of Philadelphia and as a graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Beyond teaching, Travis has also served as a Student Educator for the Armand Hammer Museum in Westwood, Los Angeles, where he developed and gave public tours of art exhibitions. In 2010, Travis worked internationally as an intern and guest English instructor at Ryugaku Journal, a Japanese publication catering to Japanese students interested in studying abroad in the US, UK, and Australia.
Travis currently resides in Philadelphia and regularly flies to Atlanta to see his family. Outside of his academic work, he enjoys writing poetry, great meals, and traveling. He has a rescued grey tabby named (Freddie) Mercury. He has been practicing taiko drumming since 2008 and is currently a part of Kyo Daiko, a Philadelphia-based community group.Twitter: @travisclau