Associate Director, Undergraduate Coordinator
Key Research Areas
20th-century American literary and cultural history; history of the book; media and cultural studies.
Trysh Travis received her BA from New York University in 1987, designing her own major in Media Studies and American Culture. She taught high school English in New York City for three years before earning an MA in English from the Breadloaf School at Middlebury College and a PhD in American Studies from Yale University.
Professor Travis is a literary and cultural historian of the 20th-century U.S., studying the gendered history of the book with a focus on reading communities and the publishing industry. Her first book, The Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in fall 2009; her current book project is Reading Matters: Books, Bookmen, and the American Century, 1930-1980. Her writings on radical feminist publishing, contemporary spirituality, and popular culture have appeared in journals like Book History, American Quarterly, and Men and Masculinities as well as in publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Bitch magazine.