Travis Alexander



B.A., English and Plan II, The University of Texas at Austin (2013) 


Broadly invested in postwar American fiction, film, and visual art, my research has specifically clustered of late around portrayals of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the 1980s to today in literary and theoretical domains. I am particularly interested in the extent to which scripts governing racial representation inform and constrain these portrayals.


At UNC, I teach courses on rhetoric, composition, and film, and serve in an advisory capacity for undergraduates studying subjects ranging from mystery fiction to the history of perspective. 

Teaching Awards

Student Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, Spring 2017

"Long Live the Old Flesh: AIDS and the Americans with Disabilities Act at Quarter Century," Symploke 26.1 - 2 (December 2018)


" 'A hint of industrial espionage in the eye': Orientalism, Essayism, and the Politics of Memory in Chris Marker's Sans Soleil," Quarterly Review of Film and Video (forthcoming) 


"Deregulating Grief: A Review of Dagmawi Woubshet's The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS,"  boundary 2 (2016)