Faculty Associate

Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD

Faculty Associate


BA, Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Associate

Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD, is a Faculty Associate at Graceland University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s areas of specialization are metaphysics and philosophy of religion.

In her teaching, Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s goal is to help students take ownership of their learning experience so they may apply skills developed in the philosophy classroom to their lives and future careers. When students take ownership of their learning in the philosophy classroom, they not only learn about significant views in epistemology or ethics; they also learn how to engage with unfamiliar lines of reasoning and become good problem solvers. They grow to be better equipped for all aspects of learning.

In her research, Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s primary focus is personal ontology, which is the study of what we are. She defends an immaterialist account of the nature of human persons that is well-suited to solve notoriously intractable puzzles. She has presented her work at the Illinois Philosophical Association and Minnesota Philosophical Society, and she presented at the American Philosophical Association Central Division annual meeting in February 2019.

Philosophy is all-encompassing, but when not explicitly thinking about her work, Dr. Seemuth Whaley likes to spend some of her free time practicing Ashtanga yoga.

Visit Dr. Seemuth Whaley’s website at https://kristinseemuthwhaley.com to view her CV.