Kristi Olson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

On leave for the 2017-18 academic year.

Kristi Olson is an assistant professor of philosophy at Bowdoin College where she works on issues of distributive justice. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University under the supervision of Thomas Scanlon, Frances Kamm, and Amartya Sen. Her research has been published in such journals as Philosophy & Public Affairs, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Politics, Philosophy & Economics. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as a public interest lawyer.


  • B.A., Music and Geography, Indiana University
  • J.D., Duke University
  • A.M., Health Policy, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Harvard University

Selected Publications

“Autarky as a Moral Baseline,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (2014): 264-285. 

“Our Choices, Our Wage Gap?” Philosophical Topics 40 (2012): 45-61. 

“The Endowment Tax Puzzle,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 38 (2010): 240-271.