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Travis Stevens holding cranberry curd tart

Travis Stevens holding cranberry curd tart

Travis Stevens

New faculty in History of Christian Thought, Mystical Theology, Gender and Sexuality

Travis Stevens comes to SCU from a postdoc at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. He completed his doctorate at Harvard University in May 2017, and his research area is the history of Christian thought. His current research project looks to medieval mystical theology, and in particular to Christian selves fractured by a desire for God, to queer the notion of loneliness in erotic love. This winter at Santa Clara, he is offering TESP 4: The Christian Tradition, as well as TESP 27: Lovesickness in Christian Spirituality, and TESP 179: The Devil and Demonization, will be a new RTC 3 course for the Spring. Stevens is also in the early planning stages of a podcast on the history of evil to be co-hosted with Dr. Klaus Yoder of Vassar College. In his spare time, Stevens enjoys baking things like the cranberry curd tart he's holding in the photo, and he recently joined an adult gymnastics class. He lives in downtown Oakland with his partner, Kerry, and his dog, Watson.