Outstanding Professor - Troy Jollimore

Troy Jollimore

Troy Jollimore received his B.A. from Dalhousie University / University of Kings College (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) in 1993. He then went on to pursue graduate studies in Philosophy at Princeton University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1999. After teaching for one year at Georgetown and one year at UC Davis he came to CSU Chico, where he is now an associate professor in the philosophy department. From 2006 through 2009 he was the director of the CSU Chico Humanities Center.

Dr. Jollimore’s dissertation, Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality, was selected by Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick for Garland Publishing’s Studies in Ethics series, and was published in 2001. His second book of philosophy, Love’s Vision, was begun while on sabbatical at the Stanford Humanities Center in Palo Alto, California. It will be published by Princeton University Press in 2011.

His philosophical articles have appeared in journals including Canadian Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly and Midwest Studies in Philosophy, and in the collections Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Bioethics & the Movies.

In addition to his work in philosophy, Dr. Jollimore has had success as a poet. His first book of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, was selected by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the 2005 Robert E. Lee & Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award, and won the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. His second book of poetry, At Lake Scugog, will be published in Princeton University Press’s Series of Contemporary Poets in 2011. His poems have appeared in publications including McSweeney’s, The Believer, Poetry, and the New Yorker.

His essays and book reviews have appeared in Wilson Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His conversation with Richard Dawkins is featured on the DVD Voices of Reason. Dr. Jollimore frequently reviews books on the philosophy of religion for Truthdig.com, and has been referred to by biologist Jerry Coyne, author of Why Evolution is True, as “a trenchant voice of reason in the faith/science debates.”