Travis is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in English at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. in English with a minor in Classical Civilization from the University of California, Los Angeles (2012). He received both his M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2018) in English at the University of Pennsylvania. His work is primarily focused on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture with interests in literature and science, the history of medicine, and disability studies.
Travis has contributed to numerous publications dedicated to accessible public scholarship like Synapsis, Public Books, Remedia, Somatosphere, and Wordgathering. He currently serves as an editor for The Deaf Poets Society and regularly reviews poetry for Up the Staircase Quarterly. Travis has almost a decade of teaching experience. He previously 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/Athletics Peer Learning Labs, where he regularly held tutorials on composition and literature. He has also 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 Austin and regularly flies to Atlanta to see his family. Outside of his academic work, he enjoys writing poetry, discovering local food, and traveling. He has a rescued grey tabby named (Freddie) Mercury. He has been practicing taiko drumming since 2008 and has played with San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Atlanta Taiko Project, and Philadelphia’s Kyo Daiko.
*Photo credits to Den Sweeney and Joshua Guenther.