The Department of Philosophy
325 John Watson Hall, Queen’s University,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6
Meena Krishnamurthy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University. Before this she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in Philosophy and in the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She also held positions at the University of Manitoba and Dalhousie University. She completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.
Professor Krishnamurthy is a political philosopher who works on race, democracy, social movements, and political psychology. She is currently writing a book, The Emotions of Nonviolence, and a series of related papers on Martin Luther King Jr.’s political philosophy. Her work is about King’s views on the role of the political emotions in motivation to end racial injustice. It explores how King used the various tactics of the civil rights movement (protest, images, letters, and oratory) to engage these emotions and to overcome some of the barriers to political action. This project builds on her earlier piece on King, “(White) Tyranny and the Democratic Value of Distrust”, and its follow up, “Democracy Needs Discomfort and Distrust is a Political Virtue“. Krishnamurthy is starting work on a second book, Nonviolent Revolution, on King’s theory of revolution, which puts his work in conversation with Malcolm X’s and other under explored thinkers of the time.
You can read 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 on King’s views on white ignorance here and listen to her talk about King’s views on dignity and anger 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 is a crowd sourced project. She also contributed to this crowd sourced reading list on “Decolonizing Political Theory.” Krishnamurthy 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.