David A Hollander

Clinical Associate Professor

Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport

  • BA, Brandeis University
  • JD, Quinnipiac University School of Law
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In his 12th year at NYU, David Hollander is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Preston Robert Institute for Global Sport and Assistant Dean of Real World. One of NYU's most popular professors, Hollander is the recipient of NYU’s highest faculty honor, 2019 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. He's also been recognized with highest divisional honors: Award for Teaching Excellence (2018, 2012; only full-time professor to win the award twice) and Award for Outstanding Service (2016). Hollander's signature innovative experiential program Real World has become one of the hottest programs at NYU, partnering with A-list organizations like Nike, Porsche, JetBlue, Ace Hotel, CNBC and a dozen others. Axios called Real World "the future" of higher education.

His recent first-of-its-kind humanities course "How Basketball Can Save the World" received international media attention from CBS News to SLAM Magazine. He is a sought after advisor to top brands in marketing, sports, entertainment, culture, and education. He comments frequently in top-tier media including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, FOX News, NPR. He sits on a number of advisory boards including for espnW, The Lewis Katz New Renaissance Basketball Academy, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. Hollander is the author of three books and a widely published major outlets including The Huffington Post (its first writer of sports), Slate, Interview, and many others.

His animated graphic short story “The Check Heard Round the World” has been archived in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. A beloved NYC live event impresario from days at the popular Lower East Side live music venue Arlene’s Grocery, Hollander has produced numerous “indie” events. Hollander is the recipient of community service awards from New York City FC ( 2018 annual "Shirt Off Our Backs" Award presented on the field at Yankee Stadium) and NYPD (2004) while also receiving a Mayoral Proclamations from NYC (2009) and Denver (2011). He was named by Museum of the City of New York as an Honorary Committee Member for City/Game, and 11-month exhibition in New York City and basketball opening in February 2020. Deeply committed to student life and well-being, Hollander is one of only 32 NYU Faculty Fellows in Residence since 2013, providing students from across the University with personally curated intellectual, cultural, and social programming.

Feb 15 2017

The Check Heard Round the World

By Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Sep 01 2011

Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About That Unthinkable Day, What He's Learned, How He's Struggled, and What No One Should Ever Forget

By Skyhorse Publishing
May 01 2008


By The Huffington Post
Nov 15 2007

weekly interview column

By AOL Sports
Oct 01 2006


By Interview
Nov 01 2005

52 WEEKS: Interviews with Champions!

By The Lyons Press
Mar 01 2005

weekly interview column

By SI.com
Jun 01 1997

The Princeton Review The Best Law Schools

By Random House
Sep 01 1993

In re Valerie D. The New Word on the Street

By Quinnipiac Law Review