Visiting assistant professor: B.A., Texas Tech University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.
From 2010-2013, Travis Tanner was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Tulane University, where he taught classes popular with undergraduates on the rhetoric of race relations and identity in the United States from early nationhood to the present. His teaching and research interests focus on the ways oppressed and colonized groups (in particular Native Americans) use literature, film, and photography as a means of working through traumatic memories and histories at the psychic and political registers. More broadly speaking, he is interested in how subjectivity is formed and communicated in various media practices. He has published peer-reviewed articles on Acoma poet Simon J. Ortiz and Maori author Patricia Grace, and he has a forthcoming article on the biopolitics of race in the science fiction novels of Octavia E. Butler. He is currently finishing his first book manuscript, X-Communicated Subjects in Native American Literature, and is beginning research on his second book project, which explores indigenous resistance of neoliberalism from a transnational and transcultural perspective. In addition to his academic interests, Professor Tanner enjoys traveling and playing tennis, and he is actively involved in the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.