Karen M. Travis

Professor of Economics

Karen M. Travis

Office Location:Xavier Hall - Room 102

Office Hours: (On Campus) Mon: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (On Campus) Wed: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Chair of Economics


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Washington, 1995
  • M.A., Economics, University of Washington, 1990
  • B.S. with honors, Physics and Mathematics, University of Puget Sound, 1986

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Teaching Areas: Health Economics, Econometrics, and Introductory Statistics
  • Research Interests: Physician Payment, Access to Health Care, Prenatal Care Productivity, and Economics Education


Karen Travis is currently working with Priscilla St. Clair and Lynn Hunnicutt on an analysis of student outcomes in the economics undergraduate capstone course in order to contribute to the literature on economics education. In addition, her book chapter entitled, “Health, Health Care, and the Middle Class” is currently under review. Her prior work focuses on access to health care as affected by the payment mechanisms to providers. In particular, she has published work on health care access for pregnant Medicaid women (Economic Inquiry), indigent hypertensive patients (Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance, Economics, and Policy) and inpatient psychiatric patients. (American Journal of Psychiatry). Her primary teaching areas include econometrics, health economics, and the senior undergraduate research seminar. Prior to completing her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Washington, she completed her B.S. with honors in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Puget Sound. She was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before coming to Pacific Lutheran University in 1998.