Travis E. Ross, PhD

P.O. Box 208009

Postdoctoral Fellow

New Haven, CT 06520-8009

Yale Center for Medical Informatics

300 George, STE 501


PhD, History University of Utah 


Dissertation: “History, Inc.—Hubert Howe Bancroft’s History Company and the Problem of Selling the Past”

MA, History University of Nevada, Reno


Thesis: “The Golden Age and the Age of Gold: Memory and the Alchemy of History in California, 1877-1888

Master of Divinity Vanderbilt University


Emphasis: Historical Studies

AB, Wabash College


English, Religion


Postdoctoral Fellow


Yale Center for Medical Informatics, Yale School of Medicine



Department of History, Yale University

Project manager, research historian, and co-curator


Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps

Utah Division of State History


“At Home Buying Books: Inside the Experience of Subscribing to Books in the Nineteenth-century American West”


“Fixing Genius: The Romantic Man of Letters in the University Era.”

In How to Be a Historian: Scholarly Personae in Historical Studies, 1800-2000, edited by Herman J. Paul. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2019.

Summer 2019

Continuity in Any Language: Memory, Ethnicity, and Acculturation in California, 1877-1878, Southern California Quarterly, Vol. 96, No. 2.

Summer 2014


“Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps,” Utah Division of State History


(Co-curator, project manager, research historian, and primary author)


Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award


Library History Round Table of the American Library Association

Autry Public History Prize for “Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps”


Western History Association

Best PhD Dissertation


Department of History, University of Utah

Western History Association Graduate Student Prize


Western History Association

Distinction: Doctoral Exams


Department of History, University of Utah

FINALIST: Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business


Western Association of Graduate Schools & University Microfilms International


William Reese Company Fellowship


Beinecke Library, Yale University

Annual Fund Scholarship

August 2016

California Rare Book School

Isaiah Thomas Stipend

June 2016

2016 Summer Seminar on the Book in American Culture, American Antiquarian Society

Research Travel Award

June 2016

Department of History, University of Utah

Gunther Barth Fellowship


Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Floyd O`Neil Scholarship in Western American Studies


American West Center, University of Utah


Steffensen Cannon Fellowship


Graduate School, University of Utah

Doctoral Research Fellow


Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah


Dean May Fellow for the Study of the American West 2011-2013


Department of History, University of Utah


Books of the Far West, with an Emphasis on California

August 2016

California Rare Book School, California Historical Society, San Francisco, California

2016 Summer Seminar on the Book in American Culture: Subscription Publishing

June 2016

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts


“How to Make the Most of a Postdoc”

October 2020

American Historical Association, Seattle, WA (moved online)


September 2019

The Funding of Higher Education: Different Objectives in Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

“What is Research? Research Before, Alongside, and Outside the University”

February 2019

Education for What? The History of the Education and the Rise of the (American) Research University, Yale University, New Haven, CT

“Loyalty/Disloyalty in Business,” Business History Conference Luncheon

January 2019

133rd Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, IL

“Fixing genius, or how the romantic man of letters got a job”

November 2018

Scientific persona and its incarnations—forms and functions of scientific and scholarly identity formation, Stockholm, Sweden

“The Marketplace of Ideas: The Business of Knowing in Nineteenth-Century America”

January 2018

132nd Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, DC

“Proprietors and Publics of Pacific History: The Corporate Origins of Western North American History”

September 2017

Making the Humanities VI, University of Oxford, Somerville College, UK

“Selling Patronage: Toward a History of Subscribing in Nineteenth-Century America”

June 2017

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, Victoria, BC

“The Genius of History: Romantic Authorship and the Scholarly Persona of the Historian in the Victorian Era”

January 2017

The Persona of the Historian: Repertoires and Performances, 1800-2000, Institute for History, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Beyond States of Mind: Denaturalizing the Nation-State in Memory Studies.”

January 2017

131st Meeting of the American Historical Association, Denver, Colorado

“Printing the Pacific: History, Memory, and Identity between Empires, 1800-1880”

June 2016

“Translation and Transmission in the Early Americas”: The Fourth Early Americanist ‘Summit’, Washington, D.C.

“Oral Histories as Data,” a roundtable for the Data Journal Club

February 2016

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Roundtable: “Literary Industries: Hubert Howe Bancroft’s History Company and the Privatization of the Historical Profession on the Pacific Coast.”

November 2015

Friends of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California

“Writers, Incorporated: The Scandal of Buying and Selling Authorship in Hubert Howe Bancroft’s History Company”

July 2015

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, Montréal, Québec

“Provincializing Pacific History: Hubert Howe Bancroft's History Company, the Historical Profession, and the Unmaking of the Pacific Coast”

January 2015

129th Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York City, New York

“Being Hubert Howe Bancroft: Bancroft’s History Company and the Scandal of Collaboration.”

January 2015

129th Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York City, New York

“‘A strange and inexplicable mixture of truth and fiction’: Hubert Howe Bancroft and the Power of Narrative in the Production of History and Memory”

October 2013

53rd Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Tucson, Arizona

“Memory and its Generation(s) in California”

April 2013

CGU Graduate Student History Association Conference, Claremont, California

“California Imagined: The Pacific Expositor in National Perspective,” for the Seminar on Religion in the American West

October 2010

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia


Lecturer, Yale University

HIST 019 / AMST 028

Book Collecting in History, esp. western Americana (First-year seminar)


HIST 155 / AMST 255

California Capitalism (Lecture)

SP19, SP20

HIST 141 / AMST 141

The American West (Lecture)

FA18, FA19

HIST 019 / AMST 028

History of the Book in the American West (First-year seminar)


Adjunct Instructor, Westminster College (Utah)

HIST 220

Survey of U.S. History


Teaching Assistant, University of Utah

HIST 3100

The Historian’s Craft

F13, SP14

HIST 1700

Survey of US History

F11, SP12

Teaching Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno

CH 203

The American Experience

SP11, SU11

CH 202

The Modern World


HIST 212

History of East Asia II


HIST 347

History of Mexico



Review of Dirty Deeds: Land, Violence, and the 1856 San Francisco Vigilance Committee, by Nancy J. Taniguchi

New Mexico Historical Quarterly


Review of Life in a Corner: Cultural Episodes in Southeastern Utah, by Robert S. McPherson

New Mexico Historical Quarterly

Spring 2017

Review of The Essential West: Collected Essays, by Elliott West.

Summer 2013

Pacific Northwest Quarterly Vol. 103, no. 3.