Prof Sarala Krishnamurthy is a professor of literature and applied linguistics in the Department of Communication in the Faculty of Commerce, Human Sciences and Education. She was dean of the faculty for more than 11 years. Now, she teaches at the post graduate level and has supervised more than 20 Masters, 12 MPhils and 9 PhDs in postcolonial literature, feminist literature, English language teaching and stylistics.
She has published widely and presented papers at several international conferences all over the world. She has co-edited two major volumes - Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition and Coming of Age which present the best of critical writing on Namibian literature. She completed two major research projects in 2021. These were the P3ICL project, funded by the European Union, to protect, preserve and promote indigenous culture and languages, and Herero Genocide Survivor Narratives, funded by Basler Afrika, Bibliographien. The latter is path-breaking because it records interviews of genocide survivor families and presents heart-rending tales of trauma and resilience of the Otjiherero people of Namibia.
In 2020, she also published six books which are collections of folk tales and plays in the Oludhimba, !Kung and Sifwe languages of Namibia. Currently, she is working on a new book - Nama Genocide Survivor Narratives - along with colleagues in the department.