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Erika Travis, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English & Behavioral Sciences

Office Phone: (951) 343-4362
E-mail: etravis@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 260A
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. English California Baptist University 2006
Ph.D. (ABD) English Claremont Graduate University Projected 2016
B.A. English and Behavioral Science California Baptist University 2002

Courses Taught

ENG 113 Composition
ENG 123 Intermediate Composition
ENG 273 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 353 Children's Literature
ENG 363 Young Adult Literature
ENG 384 Writing Fiction
ENG 411 Special Topics in Creative Writing: Speculative Fiction
BEH 250 Professional Reading & Writing in Behavioral Science
BEH 255 Foundational Skills for the Behavioral Sciences I


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

19 th Century British Literature
Early Modern Poetry & Sermons
Children's Literature
Young Adult Literature
Fantasy Literature and Film
Creative Writing


Teaching Experience

Junior High Teacher at Calvary Chapel, Moreno Valley
Instructor at San Joaquin Valley College


Research, Presentations, & Publications


“From Bikinis to Blasters: The Role of Gender in the Star Wars Universe” Fane Phenomena: Star Wars. (Ed. Mika Elovarra)Bristol: Intellect, 2013.

Review of The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and the Lord of the Rings, ed. by Paul Kerry. Christianity and Literature 62.3 (Spring 2013): 452-5.

“Religion in the Irreligious Dystopia: How The Hunger Games emphasizes the Importance of Religion" presented at Imagining the Good Life: Apologetics and Human Flourishing Conference. CBU's Philosophy Department, Riverside, CA, April 2013

"Magical Soul Searching: Daemons, Horcruxes, and Questions" presented at the West Region 2008 CCL Conference "Fire and Ice: Literary Paradox and the Search for Truth". Biola University, La Mirada, CA, May 2008.

“The Nature of Power: Wisdom and Ambition in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter Series” presented at Lumos 2006: A Harry Potter Symposium. Las Vegas, NV, July 2006.

“Fallibility and Wisdom in Narnia: C.S. Lewis’ treatment of the wise old man archetype in Chronicles of Narnia” presented at Through the Wardrobe. Riverside, CA, March 2006.


Church Membership & Activities

Member at the DiscipleCenter, Anaheim Hills, CA


Community Service & Involvement

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council


Interests & Hobbies

Family: Husband, Jeff, and children, Anna, Adam, Libby
Travel: Spain, China, Pacific Northwest


Personal Philosophy

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6