TRAVIS E. ROSS, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar

traviseross.com

Beinecke Library, Yale University

travis.ross@utah.edu

EDUCATION

PhD, History University of Utah 

2011–2017

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

MA, History University of Nevada, Reno

2009–2012

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

Master of Divinity Vanderbilt University

2006–2009

Emphasis: Historical Studies

AB, Wabash College

2002–2006

Double Major: English & Religion

POSITIONS HELD

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar

2017–2018

Beinecke Library, Yale University

Project Manager, Research Historian, and Curator

2016–2017

Utah Division of State History

PUBLICATIONS

Chapter: “The Genius of History: The Scholarly Persona of the Historian in Public in the University Era,” in How to Be a Historian: Scholarly Personae in Historical Studies, 1800-2000, ed. Herman J. Paul (Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2018).

Forthcoming

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

Summer 2014

PUBLIC HISTORY

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

2016-2017

ESSAYS IN PROGRESS

Article: “The Three Bancroft’s: A History of History in Three Lives”

In Progress

Article: “The Marketplace of Ideas: Subscribing and Knowing in Nineteenth-Century America”

In Progress

Article: “America’s Wests, New and Old: Professional Associations and the Remaking of American Regionalism, 1876–2000”

In Progress

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

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

FELLOWSHIPS

Research Fellowships

William Reese Company Fellowship

2017–2018

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

2013–2014

Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Floyd O`Neil Scholarship in Western American Studies

2012–2013

American West Center, University of Utah

Dissertation Fellowships

Steffensen Cannon Fellowship

2015–2017

Graduate School, University of Utah

Doctoral Research Fellow

2014–2015

Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah

Doctoral Fellowships

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

2011–2013

Department of History, University of Utah

AWARDS

NOMINATED: Allan Nevins Prize

2017

Society of American Historians

Best PhD Dissertation

2016–2017

Department of History, University of Utah

Western History Association Graduate Student Prize

2016

Western History Association

Distinction: Doctoral Exams

2013

Department of History, University of Utah

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

2012–2013

Western Association of Graduate Schools & University Microfilms International

PRESENTATIONS

“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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Instructor

History 220: Survey of U.S. History

Fall 2013

Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah

Graduate Instructor

History 3100: The Historian’s Craft

Spring 2014

History 3100: The Historian’s Craft

Fall 2013

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Section Instructor

Core Humanities 203: The American Experience

Summer 2011

Core Humanities 203: The American Experience

Spring 2011

Core Humanities 202: The Modern World

Fall 2010

University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

Teaching Assistant

History 1700: Survey of U.S. History

Spring 2012

History 1700: Survey of U.S. History

Fall 2011

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

History 212: History of East Asia II

Spring 2010

History 347: History of Mexico

Fall 2009

University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

History of the Church in North America

Spring 2008

The Christian Tradition

Fall 2007

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee

BOOK REVIEWS

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

New Mexico Historical Quarterly

Forthcoming

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.

SERVICE TO THE DISCIPLINE

Panel Organizer

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

September 2017

The Making of the Humanities VI

Agents and Audiences: Distributing Print via Subscription Publishing

June 2017

SHARP 2017

“Publishers and Profits: Subscription Publishing as a Business Model”

June 2017

SHARP 2017

“Making History Together: Networks of Collaboration and the History of History”

January 2015

129th Meeting of the American Historical Association

From Reminiscence to History: Pioneer Memoirs, Testimonios, and the Creation of Historical Narrative”

October 2013

53rd Annual Conference of the Western History Association

Chair & Commenter

19th Century American Studies

June 2017

SHARP 2017

Victoria, BC

“Memory, Tourism, and Place in the West”

September 2014

Western Lands, Western Voices: The American West Center at Fifty

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

American Religious History Panel

April 2013

Practicing History Conference

University of Utah, Department of History, Salt Lake City, Utah

Panelist

“Success in Graduate School”

August 2015

New Graduate Student Orientation

University of Utah, Department of History

“Success in Graduate School”

August 2014

New Graduate Student Orientation

University of Utah, Department of History

“Effective Teaching”

August 2014

New Graduate Student Orientation

University of Utah, Department of History

Event Volunteer

55th Annual Meeting of the Western History Association

October 2015

54th Annual Meeting of the Western History Association

October 2014

53rd Annual Meeting of the Western History Association

October 2013

52nd Annual Meeting of the Western History Association

October 2012