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. She works in political philosophy.

Professor Krishnamurthy’s work addresses three questions: What are just political institutions? Why are current political institutions unjust? How ought we progress from unjust to just political institutions? Most of her research focuses on these questions as they relate to the practice of democracy both at the national and international level. Her early work argues that, because of the values of self-respect, autonomy, and ownership, just political institutions are those that are democratic. She also argues that current international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, are unjust because they are undemocratic and because they fail to satisfy the basic demands of distributive justice. Her current work gives an account of the kind of knowledge that ought to be activated to mobilize political action in the face of widespread injustice. This work is inspired by the writings and life of Martin Luther King Jr. She is also interested in Indian political philosophy and plans to work in this area in the future.

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.