Travis D. Smith

Travis D. Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of Superhero Ethics (Templeton Press) and co-editor of Flattering the Demos (Lexington Books)

Bio last modified May 5th, 2020.
Articles by Travis D. Smith
  • Worshipping Ourselves

    Travis D. Smith

    In Daniel Mahoney’s The Idol of Our Age, reviewer Travis Smith finds a commendably tough-minded but charitable critique of the Christian Church’s slide into the worship of man rather than God.

  • Under Superhero Hoods

    Peter Stockland with Travis D. Smith

    In a conversation about his 2018 book Superhero Ethics, author Travis Smith guides Convivium’s Peter Stockland past the classical, Biblical and liberal-democratic sources of comic book characters, ending up at the existential chasm in the immortal words of Bruce Springsteen: “Hey, what else can we do now?”

  • The Character of Love Fantastic

    Travis D. Smith

    In this excerpt from his new book Superhero Ethics, Travis Smith reveals how the comic book character Mister Fantastic, for all his physical and mental pliability, embodies the ascent to truth through love of family.

  • Travelling Toward Liberalism

    Travis D. Smith

    Political theorist Travis D. Smith maintains that liberalism as a credo is worth approaching if we do so with full awareness of its perpetual distance from reality.

  • On the Table

    Travis D. Smith

    Travis D. Smith remembers political philosopher Sam Ajzenstat as a man of knowledge, wisdom and great counsel

  • Batmessiah and Spider-Mensch

    Travis D. Smith

    Before there was Wonder Woman (1941), there was Batman (1939). After both of them, there was Spider-Man (1962). But before all of them, Travis Smith informed Convivium Readers in 2013, the world marvelled at Batmessiah and Spider-Mensch.

  • The Relatively Good Life

    Travis D. Smith

    Travis D. Smith ponders the introspective essays of Ray Robertson's Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, written following the novelist's period of suicidal depression.