Kristi A. Olson (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

The Economic Justice Project: Thought Experiments, Intuitions, Counterexamples, and Logic

Bowdoin College

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2022–23

Kristi A. Olson is associate professor of philosophy at Bowdoin College where she works on issues of economic justice. She received her PhD from Harvard University under the supervision of Thomas Scanlon, Frances Kamm, and Amartya Sen. Her first book, The Solidarity Solution: Principles for a Fair Income Distribution, was published by Oxford University Press. Her articles appear in such journals as Philosophy & Public Affairs, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Politics, Philosophy & Economics. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as a public interest lawyer. 

Selected Publications

The Solidarity Solution

  • Olson, Kristi A. “A Philosopher’s Guide to Multidimensional Equality.” Philosophy Compass 17, no. 4 (2022).
  • Olson, Kristi A. The Solidarity Solution: Principles for a Fair Income Distribution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Olson, Kristi A. “Impersonal Envy and the Fair Division of Resources.” Philosophy & Public Affairs 46 (2019): 269-92.
  • Olson, Kristi A. “Our Choices, Our Wage Gap?” Philosophical Topics 40 (2012): 45-61.
  • Olson, Kristi A. “The Endowment Tax Puzzle.” Philosophy & Public Affairs 38 (2010): 240-71.