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Vanessa Wills is a political philosopher, ethicist, educator, and activist living and working in Philadelphia, PA.

She is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saint Joseph’s University. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, where she wrote her dissertation on the topic, “Marx and Morality.” Dr. Wills received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Princeton University in 2002.

Her areas of specialization are moral, social, and political philosophy, nineteenth century German philosophy (especially Karl Marx), and the philosophy of race. Her research is importantly informed by her study of Marx’s work, and focuses on the ways in which economic and social arrangements can inhibit or promote the realization of values such as freedom, equality, and human development.

Photographs of Walter Womacka’s “Mensch und Natur”, “Mensch und Wissenschaft”, and “Mensch und Kosmos” courtesy of SpreeTom.