About Me

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Areas of Interest/Research

I’m a cultural and literary historian who focuses on the United States in the 20th Century.  I was trained in the historical study of popular media forms, with a focus on the gendered book cultures of mid-century America.  With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, I’m currently completing a book on this topic, entitled “Reading Matters: Books, Bookmen, and American Liberalism, 1930-1980.”  A series of bizarre turns in my study of print culture have led me over the years to become interested in the history of alcohol and drug use and abuse.  My book The Language of the Heart: 12-Step Recovery from AA to Oprah Winfrey (2009) is about addiction and recovery, and I blog on those topics (among others) at Points: the Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.  My recent anthology Re-Thinking Therapeutic Culture (2015, co-edited with my friend Tim Aubry) extends my work on popular self-help and other “mental hygiene” movements.


PhD, Yale University, American Studies, 1998
MA, Bread Loaf School of English, 1995
BA, New York University, Gallatin Division, 1987

Contact Information (email is always the best way to contact me)

Email: ttravis@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 273-0393
Office: 305 Ustler Hall

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2-4 pm and by appointment

Mailing address:
Trysh Travis, Associate Professor, Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor, 2015-2020
Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research
Box 117352
Gainesville, FL32611-7352