Hi, I’m Daniel. Welcome to my website.

I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised there and elsewhere along the west coast. My upbringing was working class and filled with blue collar labor starting in my early teens. My father ran a pottery business and I’d work every other weekend for him selling pottery downtown Portland. I also worked different jobs from being a hod carrier (assistant to a brick layer), a construction laborer, to a number of sales and other odd jobs.

I discovered my passion during my experience in college in a small town in Southern Oregon. It was through reading poetry and Beat literature that the world of thought opened up for me. While the Beat poets were immensely impressive to me, and they were very learned and erudite, there were clearly holes in their theories and even in their own reading. These shortcomings led me to go far beyond the bibliography of thought they opened for me. I was drawn into a new orbit of desire and I began to devour philosophical texts.

After college I ended up becoming a part of a wider community focused on addressing conflict resolution and inter-religious dialogue. I began to experience this work as a calling, and the work of interfaith bridge building became one of my core paths. I consider this a spiritual event although it did not entail a religious conversion other than bringing me towards the Christianity of my youth in a way that is fuller and more critical.

These are my two paths: the world of ideas, especially philosophy and religion and interfaith conflict resolution. I teach philosophy at George Washington University as Professorial Lecturer and I am a professor (adjunct) at Marymount University where I teach social and political thought, ethics and introduction to philosophy. I also teach seminars to graduate students and I offer seminars for inmates at the DC jail.

cropped-cropped-tutt.jpgI teach out of love for the potential to reach students. My goal is to inspire them to see the world differently, to share frameworks for theorizing their lives and the world around them. I am also interested in teaching and learning alternatives to the contemporary neoliberal university. From 2012 – 2015, I served as Professor of Critical Theory and Dean of Student Affairs at the Global Center for Advanced Studies.

As a peacemaker I am the Director of Programs and a Producer at Unity Productions Foundation, a media and educational organization based in Washington, DC that makes documentary films and promotes nationwide education about Islam and Muslim culture.

5DS_0285I have also been working on an ongoing documentary film series called Insurrections that aims to understand the uprisings and movements of our time, specifically the uprisings that swept the globe from 2010 to roughly 2014 starting in Tottenham, to Cairo, to Greece, to Oakland, New York and elsewhere. What is the meaning of these events and what is the future of radical emancipatory political movements? This film series interviews important philosophers and theorists to shed light on this topic.

I received my Ph.D. from the European Graduate School, division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought under the supervision of one of the most important living philosophers, Alain Badiou. I also received a Masters of Arts in philosophy and ethics from American University in Washington, DC where I wrote my thesis on Žižek’s critique of liberalism.

Badiou ParisThis work won first place in 2012 and 2014 at the Žižek Studies conference. I then went on to study directly with Žižek and Badiou at the EGS in order to develop my ideas. My Ph.D. studies set me on a lifelong path of research and writing in philosophy.

I am also affiliated as a Scholar with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, D.C. where I write and present on Islamophobia, Muslims in the west and interfaith dialogue.

My C.V. can be found here.

All content on this site ©Daniel Tutt, 2016. 

4 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi, I am following some of your essays. Actually I am interested with the word “Islamophobia”. In my opinion, the problem is not “Islamophobia”. But, “Muslimophobia”. As an ex-muslim, I have a very reasonable phobia toward Islam. But I don’t have any reason to be afraid of muslim. My big families in Indonesia, are muslims. Some of them even known as Quran teachers.

    I think, the idea to stop Islamophobia is a mistake. What we need to do is, stopping Muslimophobia. As a former journalist, I notice, there is a big different between Islam in Indonesia before 1998 and after 1998. After 1998, lots of Islamic incidents (riots, bombings, murders, etc) occured. Before 1998, Soeharto regime with his dictatorial system, succeed to make Islam as a religion of peace in Indonesia. Lots of muslims, but very rare who actually practice 100% Islamic teachings. There is a well known phrase related to those kind of muslims, “Abangan”. All of these, happened, because Soeharto always eliminated all muslim fundamentalist. There is no Islam Kaffah movement, Syariah movement, etc. Indonesia has Pancasila as a main source of Indonesian constitution. And Soeharto with his strength system, able to prevent Islamic quality growth.

    So, what I am trying to say, we need to stop Muslimophobia, not Islamophobia. People must be aware about the danger of Islamic teaching and strategy. If to eliminate Islam is an utopia, then we need to have a strong government that defend Human Rights and Secularism.

    (actually I would like to attend your lecture in SFU May 15, 2012 at 7:30pm
    …but I am afraid, as there is no guarantee that I will not be killed by muslim fundamentalist…I almost get killed 3 times in Indonesia, just because asked some questions about Islam…..I am very grateful to live in Canada, but to attend any seminar about Islam, I still am afraid, as for sure I will criticize Islam….So, I just wish you have a good time while in Vancouver).

    Best Regards,

    Ex Muslim Indonesia

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