Keya Maitra, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities

Contact Information

  • 251-6365
  • 239 Whitesides Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Note: All office hours are virtual. Students can contact Dr. Maitra directly to make appointments and get the Zoom link.


Keya Maitra is a Professor of Philosophy. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy of language from the University of Hyderabad in India and a second Ph.D. in philosophy of mind from the University of Connecticut. In her teaching and research, she focuses on Cross-cultural philosophy, philosophy of mind, Philosophy of Bhagavad Gita, third-world feminism, philosophy of science and epistemology of mindfulness. She approaches philosophy as an engaged discipline that offers us locations to engage critically with contemporary social issues.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. - University of Burdwan, India
  • M.A. - Visva Bharati University, India
  • Ph.D. - University of Hyderabad, India
  • Ph.D. - University of Connecticut

Recent Courses Taught

  • Logic, Creativity and Culture
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Logic
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Third World feminism
  • The Philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Consciousness & Self-Consciousness: A Comparative Perspective
  • Philosophies of perception
  • Senior Capstone Colloquium: Cultivating Citizenship in the Contemporary World
  • Sustainable Cultures (for the Environmental and Cultural Sustainability Masters Certificate)

Selected Publications


  • 2003 On Putnam (Wadsworth Philosophers Series), Wadsworth-Thomson Learning, CA. (Peer Reviewed)
  • Forthcoming The Feminist Philosophy of Mind, Oxford University Press (co-edited with Jennifer McWeeny) (Peer Reviewed)
  • Forthcoming Ethics of Governance: Moral Limits of Policy Decisions, Springer (co-written with Shashi Motilal and Prakriti Prajapati) (Peer Reviewed)

Published Journal Articles

  • Forthcoming “Consciousness and Attention in the Bhagavad GitaJournal of the APA Special Series in Non-Western Philosophical Traditions (Peer Reviewed)
  • Forthcoming “Bhagavad Gita” Entry for the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (Invited)
  • 2020 “From Accidental to Integral: My journey with doing philosophy” in Special Issue of APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies titled “What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher of Asian Descent?” Vol 20:1; pp. 42-43. (Invited)
  • 2020 “Testimonial Injustice and a Case for Mindful Epistemology” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol 58:1; pp. 137-160. (Peer Reviewed)
  • 2019 “The Nature of the disposition to care: Discursive and Pre-discursive Dimensions” Philosophy East and West vol. 69:3; pp. 863-869. (Invited)
  • 2015 "Externalism & Self-Knowledge: A Solution from Sellars" in the Special Issue of TAULA on W. Sellars, vol. 46; pp. 77-88. (Peer reviewed)
  • 2013 “Questions of Identity & Agency in Feminism without Borders: A Mindful Response” Hypatia Special Issue on Crossing Borders, vol. 28:2; pp. 360-376. (Peer reviewed)
  • 2012 “Ambedkar & the Constitution of India: A Deweyan Experiment” Democratic Experimentalism, Special Issue of Contemporary Pragmatism, vol. 9:2; pp. 301-320. (Invited)
  • 2009 “Meanings of ‘Multiculturalism’: Can Philosophy be Taught from a Truly Multiculturalist Perspective?” Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, Vol. 14; pp. 115-128 (Peer reviewed)
  • 2006 “Comparing the Bhagavad-Gita and Kant: A Lesson in Comparative Philosophy” in Philosophy in the Contemporary World, vol. 13:1, Spring; pp. 63-67. (Peer reviewed)
  • 2005 “Privileged Knowledge: Privileged in Access or Privileged in Authority?” Southwest Philosophy Review, vol. 21:2, July; pp. 101-114. (Peer Reviewed)

Published Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming “Toward a Feminist Theory of Content” in Feminist Theory of Mind (co-edited by Keya Maitra & Jennifer McWeeny) Oxford University Press. (Peer Reviewed)
  • Forthcoming “What is Feminist Philosophy of Mind?” (Introduction co-written with Jennifer McWeeny for Feminist Philosophy of Mind (co-edited by Keya Maitra & Jennifer McWeeny) Oxford University Press. (Peer Reviewed)
  • 2018 “Dignāga and Sellars: Through the Lens of Privileged Access” in Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy: Freedom from Foundations (Routledge Studies in American Philosophy) edited by Jay L. Garfield; Routledge; pp. 159-174. (Peer reviewed)
  • 2018 “Not a Matter of Will: A Narrative and Cross-Cultural Exploration of Maternal Ambivalence” in Lived Experiences of Women in Academia: Metaphors, Manifestos and Memoir (with Melissa Burchard) edited by Alison L. Black arid Susanne Garvis; Routledge; pp. 152-160 (Peer reviewed).
  • 2017 “Nyaya Theory of Concepts” in Handbook to Indian Epistemology and Metaphysics (ed. Joerg Tuske); Bloomsbury Publishing; pp. 381-395 (Invited).
  • 2014 “Mindfulness, Anatman, and the Possibility of a Feminist Self-consciousness” in
  • Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions (eds J. McWeeny & A. Butnor); Columbia University Press; pp. 101-122 (Peer Reviewed).