New Faculty: Associate Professor of Law Guha Krishnamurthi

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Guha Krishnamurthi joined the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law faculty as an associate professor in the 2023-2024 academic year. He comes to Maryland Carey Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Previously, he taught at South Texas College of Law and was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School.

“Professor Krishnamurthi is a prominent voice in constitutional law and criminal procedure,” said Maryland Carey Law Dean Renée McDonald Hutchins. “His innovative scholarship on caste discrimination and affirmative action both meets and anticipates this moment in American justice, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Maryland Carey Law community.”

Krishnamurthi’s research interests are in criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and antidiscrimination. His 2021 article, “Title VII and Caste Discrimination” in Harvard Law Review Forum, coauthored with Charanya Krishnaswami, gained national attention, as has his recent work on affirmative action, the recidivist premium, and judicial majoritarianism. Since 2020 alone, Krishnamurthi’s scholarship has been published in Notre Dame Law Review, Duke Law Journal Online, Harvard Law & Policy Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Minnesota Law Review Headnotes, North Carolina Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review Online, Tulane Law Review, and Yale Journal on Regulation, among others.

Earlier this year, Krishnamurthi presented “Caste Discrimination & U.S. Federal Law” at Maryland Carey Law’s Comparative Constitutional Law Colloquium, giving him a taste of the thought leadership and commitment to community impact at the law school. “I am so excited about being part of a community of scholars tackling difficult theoretical problems and immediately putting solutions into action,” he said. “The Maryland Carey Law faculty is brilliant and supportive, and the community is wonderful. The school’s devotion to social justice issues in Baltimore and beyond really speaks to me.”

In the 2023-24 school year, Krishnamurthi teaches Constitutional Law I and II, and Criminal Procedure: Investigation. He brings his passion for equity to his teaching, creating an atmosphere focused on a “collective, inclusive conversation” in which “students can bring their full authentic selves to the classroom and to the legal profession.”

Krishnamurthi earned his JD with high honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as book review editor of the Texas Law Review and manuscript editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law. He received his BS with high distinction in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, his MS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and his MA in Philosophy from the University of Texas.

After law school, Krishnamurthi clerked for the Honorable Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court, the Honorable Andrea R. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also practiced as a litigator in Los Angeles, specializing in general commercial litigation, white-collar crime, and antitrust.