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Erika Travis, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Behavioral Sciences
Department Chair, Modern Languages and Literature

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

    ENG 101 Introduction to the Discipline
    ENG 113 Composition
    ENG 123 Intermediate Composition
    ENG 273 Introduction to Creative Writing
    ENG 353 Children's Literature
    ENG 354 Children's Classics
    ENG 363 Young Adult Literature
    ENG 384 Writing Fiction
    ENG 401 Special Topics: Harry Potter
    ENG 411 Special Topics in Creative Writing: Speculative Fiction & Writing for Young Adults
    ENG 499 Capstone
    BEH 255/250 Foundational Skills for the Behavioral Science (I)
    BEH 256/290 Foundational Skills for the Behavioral Sciences (II)

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

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

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    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.


    “Female Friendship and Identity Formation in Graphic Novels for Children," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, SanDiego, CA, 2019.

    “‘What shall I do for God?’: Catechism in Puritan Joyful Death Narratives.” Conference on Christianity and Literature West Region, Riverside, CA. May 2016.

    "Saints' Names & Sacred Moments: The Persistence of Religion in Ender's Game". PAMLA, Riverside, CA. Oct 2014.

    “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, & Luke
    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