Dr. Travis A. Rountree is an assistant professor in the English Department at Western Carolina University. He earned his PhD from the University of Louisville, his MA in English from Appalachian State University with a certificate in Appalachian Studies, and his BA in English from James Madison University with a minor in American Studies. He is from Richmond, Virginia, but lived in Boone, NC for 9 years. He enjoys running, weight lifting, and gardening. He is an avid fan of old time, bluegrass, and country music and lives in Sylva, NC with his two cats.
Dr. Rountree teaches introductory composition courses as well as graduate courses in composition and rhetoric. He enjoys incorporating aspects of archiving, public memory, and place-based pedagogy into his courses.
Dr. Rountree's research interests include queer archival research and pedagogy, Appalachian rhetorics, place-based pedagogy, and public memory studies. He has been published in <i>The North Carolina Folklore Journal</i>, <i>Journal of Southern History, </i>and <i>Appalachian Journal</i>. He continues to work on his manuscript under contract with University Press of Kentucky titled <i>Hard to See Through the Smoke: Rhetorical Remembering of the 1912 Hillsville, Virginia Courthouse Shootout.</i>