English & Humanities

Travis Holloway

Assistant Professor 10 Months Email Knapp Hall, Room 43

Travis Holloway, M.F.A., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, a translator, and a poet and former Goldwater Fellow in Creative Writing at NYU. Before coming to Farmingdale in 2017, he taught at Vassar College, NYU, the Pratt Institute, and SUNY Stony Brook, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität Freiburg in Germany and a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne and the EHESS in Paris.


Dr. Holloway's work has appeared in a variety of outlets from Philosophy Today to The Nation to CSPAN’s Book TV. His primary interests are Contemporary European Philosophy, Aesthetics, Social and Political Philosophy, and the Environmental Humanities. His most recent publications include "Philosophy at the End of the World" (The Philosopher, 2020), "A Strategy for a Democratic Future" (Tropos, 2019), “Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy" (Philosophy Today, 2018), and “How to Perform a Democracy” (Epoché, 2017). He is co-translator (with Flor Méchain) of two books by the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and co-author of Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America (OR Books, 2011). He has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the DAAD, the Andrew Mellon foundation, and the Max Kade Institute for studies in Germany, France, and Italy. He is also active in various community organizations and collectives in the New York City area.


Prof. Holloway's classes ask what it means to be an thoughtful and excellent human being, and how to build institutions that  influence our cities towards something great. Students of philosophy typically pursue a wide range of careers after graduation such as law, public policy, or education, and they and are often coveted by employers due to their ability to think about issues creatively, ethically, and rigorously. More broadly, philosophy courses prepare college students for informed and engaged citizenship and a more reflective life.


  • MA, Philosophy (History of Philosophy), Boston College, 2007
  • MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), New York University, 2013
  • PhD, Philosophy (Philosophy), Stony Brook University, 2014


  • Travis Holloway, "At Any Rate" (Translation with Marie-Eve Morin of essay by Jean-Luc Nancy), Philosophy Today, 2021.
  • Travis Holloway, “Freedom Comes from the Outside" (Translation with Marie-Eve Morin of essay by Jean-Luc Nancy), Philosophy Today, 2021.
  • Travis Holloway, "A Genealogy for the End of the World: For a Counterhistory of Human Beings in the Anthropocene", The Philosopher, 108(2) 2020, 26-31.
  • Travis Holloway, "A Strategy for a Democratic Future: Constituent or Destituent Power?", Tropos, (1) 2019, 55-64.
  • Travis Holloway, "Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy", Philosophy Today, 62(2) 2018, 627-650.
  • Travis Holloway, The Possibility of a World, translated by Travis Holloway, New York: Fordham University Press (2017).
  • Travis Holloway, "How to Perform a Democracy: A Genealogy of Bare Voices", Epoche: a journal for the history of philosophy, 21(2) 2017, 351-370.
  • Travis Holloway, What's These Worlds Coming To?, translated by Travis Holloway, New York: Fordham University Press (2015).
  • Travis Holloway, "Translators' Introduction" in What's These World's Coming To?, New York: Fordham University Press (2015), pp. xvii-xxi.
  • Travis Holloway, "Of Struction", Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, 17 2013, 1-10.
  • Travis Holloway, Review of De la démocratie participative: Fondements et limites, by Marc Crépon and Bernard Stiegler, Symposium, 61(1) 2012, 272-276.
  • Travis Holloway, Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America, New York: OR Books (2011).


  • Travis Holloway, “The Nature of Art Today: On the Transition of Art, Philosophy, and Literature to the 'Anthropocene'.” Paper presented to the American Philosophical Association 2019 Annual Meeting, Sheraton Times Square, New York, NY on January 9, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “Destituent Power: What it Can and Cannot Do.” Paper presented to the Society for Italian Philosophy, Stony Brook University, New York on March 29, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “Democracy at the End of the World.” Paper presented to the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris, France) on July 18, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “"Philosophy, the U.S. Election, and the Future of Citizenship".” Paper presented to the Public Lecture, Vassar College on October 30, 2016.
  • Travis Holloway, “"How to Perform a Democracy" (Recipient of Emerging Scholar Award).” Paper presented to the Ancient Philosophy Society, Portland, ME on March 30, 2016.
  • Travis Holloway, “Biodeconstruction and Performativity in Derrida's 'The Theater of Cruelty'.” Paper presented to the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University on March 16, 2016.

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Study Grant (Dissertation Fellowship to Germany), July 30, 2010 - July 30, 2011.
  • Ancient Philosophy Society Emerging Scholar Award, 2016.
  • Goldwater Fellowship in Creative Writing (NYU), July 30, 2011 - July 30, 2013.
  • Andrew Mellon Grant, July 30, 2015 - July 30, 2016.
  • DAAD Study Grant (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), 2008.
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