University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy
2224 Angell Hall, 435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
At the most general level, Professor Krishnamurthy’s work addresses three questions: What are just political institutions? Why are current political institutions unjust? And, how ought we progress from unjust to just political institutions? Most of her research focuses on these questions as they relate to the theory and practice of democracy at both 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 political institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, are unjust because they are undemocratic and because they do not satisfy the basic demands of distributive justice. 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 political attitudes and capacities that are necessary among citizens for the promotion of democracy. Building on the work of Martin Luther King Jr., she defends the non-standard view that (civic) distrust is often a necessary first step in the promotion of democracy and, for this reason, is a politically valuable attitude. She is currently writing about King’s use of photographs in the Civil Rights movement and their role in stimulating sympathy.
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.