Meena Krishnamurthy

University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy
2224 Angell Hall, 435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Meena Krishnamurthy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Michigan.

Professor Krishnamurthy works on a wide range of topics in political philosophy, especially as they relate to the theory and practice of democracy.  Her early work is an attempt to give an answer to the question, what justifies democracy? She argues that democracy is grounded in the values of self-respect, autonomy (understood as as practical capacity), and ownership (overcome outcomes). Her current work lies at the intersection of the relatively under explored areas of political epistemology and political psychology. She is developing an account of the kinds of emotional attitudes and knowledge that should be activated to mobilize political action in the face of widespread racial injustice. This work is inspired by the writings and life of Martin Luther King Jr., among others.

You can learn more about Professor Krishnamurthy’s research here and some of her work in public philosophy here. You can listen to Professor Krishnamurthy talk about her recent work at the UnMute Podcast and at the Love and Social Justice Podcast. You can also see her give a talk here.

Professor Krishnamurthy is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity within philosophy. She was the editor of the blog Philosopher which showcased work by philosophers from underrepresented groups in philosophy. She initiated this “Inclusive Bibliography on Race, Gender, and Related Topics” which was a crowd sourced project. She was also an instructor at the Philosophy In an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI Rock), a summer program that helps underrepresented students to see that they have a place in Philosophy.