Daniel John Sportiello, PhD


Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Dr. Sportiello received his B.A. in philosophy and literature from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. He later returned to Notre Dame for graduate study in philosophy, receiving his M.A. in 2011 and his Ph.D. in 2015. In that time, he spent a year as a Graduate Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

His research interests are in ethical theory, ancient philosophy, social and political philosophy, and applied ethics. In his research, he works to recover the insight that philosophy is something that we do—that it is, in other words, a way of dealing with the questions and concerns that arise as we live our lives.

It is this conception of philosophy that inspires his teaching: he shows his students that philosophy is an exploration of the questions and concerns that they already have—the same questions and concerns that make them human. This means, of course, that philosophy is an expression of our condition—but also that it is a tool to interrogate that condition, to reorder our society and ourselves.

When he is not studying philosophy, Dan is likely spending time with his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Mira. They may be found hiking through Theodore Roosevelt National Park or at a local microbrewery. (Mira would be the one without a beer.)