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Travis Holloway

Adjunct Associate Professor


Travis Holloway, M.F.A., Ph.D., is a visiting faculty member at Pratt and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Farmingdale. He is also a poet and a former Goldwater Fellow in Creative Writing at NYU. He is the author of How to Live at the End of the World: Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene (Stanford, 2022); co-translator of two books and several articles by the French political philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, including The Possibility of a World (Fordham, 2017) and What’s These Worlds Coming To? (Fordham, 2014); and co-author of Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America (OR Books, 2011).

Prof. Holloway grew up queer and working-class in a rural factory town affected by free trade and globalization. He completed his graduate studies in philosophy on a Fulbright dissertation fellowship at the Universität Freiburg in Germany and as a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. Separately and during this time, Holloway earned an MFA in creative writing (poetry) at NYU, where he studied with the poets Anne Carson, Yusef Komunyakaa, John Ashbery, Charles Simic, and Marie Howe. His unpublished poetry manuscript, It Was Up to Us, was a finalist for two national poetry awards.

Prof. Holloway has held positions or taught at Vassar College, NYU, the Pratt Institute, SUNY Farmingdale, and SUNY Stony Brook. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the DAAD, the Andrew Mellon foundation, and the Max Kade Institute. His most recent work has been published in Italy, Turkey, the UK, Columbia, Canada, the Czech Republic, and the U.S. His primary interests include contemporary Continental philosophy, social and political philosophy, environmental philosophy, aesthetics, and queer theory. In addition to his book How to Live at the End of the World, other recent publications include “The Meaning of Climate Change: Dipesh Chakrabarty with Travis Holloway” (Philosophy Today, Forthcoming 2022), “Weather” (The Philosopher, Special Issue on the Planet, 2022), “Philosophy at the End of the World: For a Counterhistory of Human Beings in the Anthropocene” (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 currently working on a second monograph, How to Assemble with All of the Living, a book on the relationship between democratic procedures and performative practices in an era of climate change.

At Pratt, Prof. Holloway especially enjoys having conversations with students and faculty about the relationship between theory and creative practice. He has office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays during the Spring 2022 semester and is also available to meet by appointment.

Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook; M.F.A. New York University; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship); L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Chercheur invité); M.A., Boston College; B.A., Belmont University