Willow Verkerk is an engaging and thoughtful feminist intellectual. She has taught in the London area as a Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at CRMEP, Kingston University and as an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Mary's University. In Paris she has taught as a Visiting Faculty Member at the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. She has also lectured in Canada at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, Concordia University, and in Belgium at the KU Leuven where she obtained her PhD.

Willow is a passionate teacher who works within and outside of the academy to change the legacy of philosophical thinking. She specialises in modern and contemporary European philosophy with an expertise in feminist critique. Her recent talks have concentrated on the topics of identity, intellectual and cultural legacy, friendship, resistance, and the practice of changing values.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Willow is working on two popular book projects, Talking with Women and On Femininity and Its Falsehoods. 




Teaching and Writing Interests

The Philosophy of Love and Friendship

From antiquity to present day, in the history of ideas and in popular culture


Philosophy Department, St. Mary's University

Associate Lecturer in Philosophy

Gender Identity 

In philosophy, queer theory, feminism, transgender theory, psychoanalysis, and popular culture

19th and 20th century European Philosophy

Especially Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, Adorno, Bataille, Merleau-Ponty, Fanon, Foucault, Derrida, Beauvoir, and Irigaray

2018- 2019

Paris Institute for Critical Thinking

Visiting Faculty Member


Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University

Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy

Activism and Resistance

Theoretical and practical ideas from feminist, Marxist, and anarchist thinking, and from everyday life

2019- present

University of British Columbia

Philosophy Instructor