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 will soon be joining the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University in her native country, Canada.

Professor Krishnamurthy’s research is broadly in the area of social and political philosophy. Three questions lie at the heart of her research:

  • What values justify democracy?
  • What sorts of institutional structures and policies best express these values?
  • How ought we realize these values in social and political institutions?

In her early work, Professor Krishnamurthy explored these questions through a philosophical discussion of the popular claim that international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are insufficiently democratic. More recently, because she has come to believe that bottom up processes are essential to realizing democratic institutions, her research has turned toward social movements and the political epistemology and psychology of individuals who participate in them. She is especially interested in individuals who participate in social movements to alleviate racial injustice. Most of her work in this area is an exploration and development of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s political philosophy.

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 is 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.