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Joe Balay

Joey Balay

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 261b
(757) 594-7171


  • Ph D in Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
  • BA in Philosophy, Seattle University
  • MA in English, California State University, Northridge
  • BA in English, Pepperdine University


Phil 317: Existentialism; PHIL 386: Values and PostModernity; PHIL 215 Philosophy and Literature; PHIL 376: Environmental Ethics; PHIL 207: Ethical Issues in Business; Phil 312: American Philosophy


19th/20th Century Continental Philosophy (Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Post-Modernism); Environmental Philosophy; Philosophy of Art, Film, and Literature; Ethics


Dr. Balay joined the faculty of Christopher Newport University in 2015. His research interests concern the interdisciplinary intersections of Continental Philosophy (esp. Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty), Aesthetics, and Environmental Philosophy. He recently led the CNU Study Abroad Program: Environmental Encounters in Iceland. Outside of class, he enjoys working with students in the CNU Summer Humanities Institute, the CNU Summer Scholars program, and co-hosting the CNU Philosophy and Film Series.

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