B.A., Vassar College
M.A., Brandeis University
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Research Focus: American Literature to 1900, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies
Professor Travis specializes in U.S. Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Women’s Literature, Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Literary Study, E-Learning, and Digital Humanities. She also is Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Professor Travis is the author of Wounded Hearts: Masculinity, Law, and Literature in American Culture and the co-editor of Boys Don’t Cry: Rethinking Masculinity and Emotion in the U.S. She has published articles in such journals as American Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, Studies in American Naturalism, Arizona Quarterly, Legacy, and Women’s Studies. Currently, Professor Travis is working on two new book/digital projects: Safety and Danger: Imagining Risk and the Making of Modern America, and a collaboration with art historian, Dr. Susan Rosenberg, tentatively titled Calculating Risk: The Image and Interpretation of Disaster in America’s Insurance Libraries.
At St. John’s, Professor Travis has been recognized as the McNair Scholars Program Mentor of the Year (2013) and has received St. John’s University’s Outstanding Achievement Award (2011). She is the recipient of numerous research grants, including the Humanities Institute Grant from the University of Connecticut, the American Association of University Women American Fellows Grant, The Newberry Library Monticello Grant, and archival research grants from The Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
A selection of Professor Travis’s courses include: American Women Writers and Wikipedia; Dead and Dying: American Women Writers and the Image of Death (a Service Learning Course in conjunction with the Maple Grove Cemetery Queens, NY); The Gothic Imagination; Gender and American Literature; True Blood: Vampires, Zombies, and the U.S. Novel; Global Literature; Distance Learning Pedagogy; English Studies in the Digital Age, and the Dissertation Workshop.