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Willow Verkerk is a Lecturer in Continental Philosophy and Social Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. She was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Gendered Mimesis Project at KU Leuven, a Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at CRMEP, Kingston University, and an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Mary's University. 

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 gender 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


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

2021- 2024

KU Leuven

Postdoctoral Researcher with the Gendered Mimesis Project


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

2021- present; 2019-2021

University of British Columbia

Lecturer in Continental Philosohy and Socal Philosophy; Sessional Instructor 

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