Willsdon directs the museum's Department of Education and Public Programs, which produces free on-site and online programs and resources for family, school, youth, and adult audiences. Prior to joining SFMOMA in 2006, Willsdon was curator of public events at Tate Modern, London (2000-2005). He has taught at the Royal College of Art, California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is co-editor of The Life and Death of Images: Ethics and Aesthetics (Cornell UP, 2008) and a former editor of the Journal of Visual Culture and has published articles on aesthetics, politics, and education. He was the inaugural Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow in Museum Education at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute at Williams College (2010) and a fellow at the Getty Museum Leadership Institute (2011). He is also a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster. He received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Essex and was associate researcher in philosophy at the Université de Paris.