WILLOW VERKERK is a philosophy scholar and author based in Vancouver, Canada. Her teaching and research interests are in continental philosophy, critical theory, feminist philosophy, and psychoanalysis.
Willow has taught as an Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Mary’s University, London (2017-18) and as Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London (2016-17). She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and her M.A. in Philosophy from Concordia University (Montreal). Willow is also a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in online and printed literary magazines in Canada and Belgium.
Willow’s first book, Nietzsche and Friendship, will be published with Bloomsbury in 2019. She is the author of numerous academic journal articles including “Transgendering Nietzsche: Male Mothers and Phallic Women in Derrida’s Spurs” (2017), “Nietzsche’s Agonistic Ethics of Friendship” (2016), and “Nietzsche on Love” (2014). Her published work on feminist philosophy includes the essay “Reification, Objectification, and Feminist Activism” in the edited volume The Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle (Amsterdam University Press, 2017). Willow is a frequent contributor to international workshops, master classes, and conferences in Europe, Canada, and the United Kingdom.