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 DPhil research centres on the role of prayer in the metaphysical thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
For recreation Travis enjoys running, tennis, and bikram yoga. He is a devoted reader, whose guilty pleasures include British crime fiction (he is pleased to be living two doors down from the birthplace of Dorothy Sayers).
Selected Publications and Presentations
"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