This is the web site of Aili Whalen, JD, PhD

This site contains information on my background and research, an academic curriculum vitae, and references related to the philosophy of art (particularly dance and performance), music, theatre, literature, film, the philosophy of law, mind, ethics, and culture, particularly where these areas intersect with the philosophy of art. 

As of December, 2022, I became a Director of Development for Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.  In my current role I am responsible for principal giving, planned giving, development for The Thomas Merton Center, and special projects. Until then I was an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Dayton in Ohio. I was a Marc Sanders Foundation Philosophy in Public Media Fellow for 2021-2022. Before that, I was a 2020-21 Fulbright Research Scholar at the Centre for Dance Research at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. I was also a Trustee for the American Society for Aesthetics until January of 2024.

DancePhilosophers, a group I founded but no longer moderate, is an informal, networking and resource-sharing Google group that includes philosophers, dance studies scholars, dance historians, critics, performers, choreographers, students, and others who are interested in dance philosophy broadly construed. For more on my personal background see my Autographical Background page. For more on my academic professional background see my Curriculum Vitae page. For my development resume contact me via LinkedIn.