Travis La Couter is a DPhil candidate in theology at Campion Hall. In 2013, Travis graduated as valedictorian of his class from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he majored in political science. He then worked at a human rights organization in Washington, D.C., for nearly two years. Travis completed a Master of Studies (MSt) degree with distinction at Campion Hall, writing a thesis on the relationship between the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and the political theology of J.B. Metz.
His current research centres on the role of prayer in the metaphysical thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar. His other areas of interest include ressourcement theology, Ignatian spirituality, and American political thought. Travis' nonacademic writing has appeared in various magazines and journals such as Commonweal, First Things, America, and Dappled Things.
Travis enjoys running, film, and bikram yoga.
Selected Publications and Presentations
(Editor w. James Hanvey, SJ) "Id Quod Volo: The Dynamics of Desire in the Spiritual Exercises and Postmodernity" (Brill, forthcoming)
"Competing Accounts of Progress: The Redemptive Purpose of Memory in J.B. Metz and Theodor Adorno" in Heythrop Journal (29 March 2017); accessible here
“Native Poverty and Tragicomic Grace in Catholic Literature and Thought” (with Macarena Pallares), paper presentation at Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture 2014 Annual Conference, November 1st, 2014
“Rawls, MacIntyre, and Ratzinger on Justice, Moral Disagreement, and the Good,” College of the Holy Cross Academic Conference, April 2013
“Inside the Mind of the Most Important Man in Washington: Anthony Kennedy on Religion,” Vannicelli Lecture, College of the Holy Cross, November 2012
“The Catholic Church and Humanitarian Constraint in Warfare: A Neglected Tradition” (with Ward Thomas), paper presentation at Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 2012