Travis Nygard, PhD
, is an Associate Professor of Art History at Ripon College. He earned a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture, a PhD Certificate in Cultural Studies and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture, all from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a BA in Art History from Gustavus Adolphus College. He is fascinated by intellectual and cultural history, and his scholarship focuses on both ancient Maya and modern Midwestern art. His career began as an intern at the Memorial Union Gallery at NDSU; he has published pedagogical research with faculty and graduate students in the Department of Computer Science at NDSU. Professor Nygard coedited Landscapes of the Itza: Archaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites
(University Press of Florida, 2018), in which he coauthored “To Face or to Flee from the Foe: Women in Warfare at Chichen Itza.” With a research team at NDSU, Professor Nygard wrote “Social Sensitivity Correlations with the Effectiveness of Team Process Performance: An Empirical Study,” published in the Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computing Educational Research (2012).