Travis Alexander

Travis Alexander is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a B.A. in English and Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin (2013).

Travis is broadly invested in postwar American fiction, film, and visual art. His research specifically clusters around portrayals of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the 1980s to the present in literary, filmic, and dramatic works. 

His work on this and related material has been published in boundary 2, symplokē, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Literature, Interpretation, Theory

With Ben Murphy (, Travis is a founder of the graduate post45 collective–a group of doctoral candidates who consider contemporary American texts from disciplines spanning literature, art, film, and new media. They organized the inaugural post45 graduate symposium, which convened at UNC in the spring of 2016.

At Chapel Hill, Travis teaches courses on rhetoric and composition, film, and mystery fiction. Travis is a 2017 recipient of the Student Undergraduate Teaching Award– the only university-wide teaching award at UNC decided exclusively by student input.

When not working, Travis enjoys reading detective novels, cycling, cooking, and spending time with his dapple dachshund.