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Leadership, Faculty & Staff

Matthew Pietropaoli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Matthew Pietropaoli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Hometown: Malone, NY

Education History:

PhD: The Catholic University of America (Philosophy), 2020

MA: The Catholic University of America (Philosophy), 2012

BA: St. Anselm College (Philosophy), 2005

Courses Taught:

 From 2012-2022, I taught philosophy as an adjunct at the Catholic University of America, Mount St. Mary’s University, Montgomery College, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, and Salve Regina University

Now, I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy here at UP, teaching Phil 101 and Phil 301.

Areas of scholarship: My current research centers on the intersection of phenomenology, environmental philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. I am focused on how these three fields of study, when thought together, provide important and relevant insights concerning our human being, our being with the natural world, and ultimately our being with God.

Campus and Community Involvement: As I am new to both UP and Great Falls, I have not yet had the chance to serve specific communities, though I look forward to doing so

Advice for Students:

Per J. R. R. Tolkien, “not all who wander are lost.” That is, let your mind wander into the breadth, depths, and heights of the reality you encounter

To borrow from the poet, Wordsworth, give yourself time, space, and opportunity to explore and be moved by “thoughts that lie too deep for tears.”

Favorite Things to Do in Great Falls: I enjoy watching the “big sky” sunsets, and exploring the rivers