Sailaja V. Krishnamurti

The Department of Gender Studies Appointments Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Sailaja Krishnamurti has been appointed Head, Department of Gender Studies for the period July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027.

Sailaja Krishnamurti joins Queen’s from Saint Mary’s University, where she has been Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Program in Women and Gender Studies. Her work takes a critical race feminist approach to religion and representation in the South Asian diaspora and in transnational cultures. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought and a graduate diploma in Asian Studies (York, 2008), as well as an MA in English Literature and Social and Political Thought (UVic, 2000).

Dr. Krishnamurti's research and service work are motivated by a desire to challenge how racialized scholars are situated in universities, both in the ongoing colonial production of knowledge, and in institutional attempts to manage “diversity”. She is also committed to an anti-racist, anti-colonial feminist praxis that drives her work as a teacher and mentor, and in her approach to leadership roles within the university. 

“I am very excited to join this department and work with the incredible faculty, staff, and students of Gender Studies and Black Studies. I am looking forward to supporting the inspiring intellectual and activist commitments of this community and to imagining possible futures together,” adds Sailaja.

As of July 1, you can reach Dr. Krishnamurti at, 613-533-6000 ext. 75030.

Please join us in welcoming Sailaja to the Gender Studies and Black Studies communities!