Dr Mari Mikkola has been appointed professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics) at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Mikkola’s past research has largely focused on feminist philosophy, and more specifically on feminist metaphysics and gender. Her more recent work has been on philosophical debates pertaining to pornography, on which she has published a number of papers and a book last year.
At the UvA, Mikkola will undertake a research project on philosophical methodology from the perspective of socially engaged philosophy involving feminist philosophy and philosophy of race. This project will form her third monograph, Dissident Theorizing (to be published by Oxford University Press).
The chair that Mikkola will hold is part of the Philosophy department and focuses on metaphysics, the history of philosophy, non-Western philosophy and the philosophy of science. Mikkola will take charge of the programme group Philosophical Tradition in Context.
Mikkola is currently an associate professor and tutorial fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. From 2010 to 2017, she worked at Humboldt University of Berlin, first as a junior professor and later as a professor of Practical Philosophy. She obtained her doctorate in 2005 from the University of Sheffield with the thesis Classifying Women: A Solution to the Feminist Problem of Universals.
She is the author of the Oxford University Press books Pornography: A Philosophical Introduction and The Wrong of Injustice: Dehumanization and its Role in Feminist Philosophy, and editor of the collection Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy.