Ruha Benjamin, PhD

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

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Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine, with a focus on the tension between innovation and inequity. In her book People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, she argues for more democratic participation in cutting-edge biotechnologies. Her latest work, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, analyzes specific cases of discriminatory design and offers tools for a socially conscious approach to tech development. To this end, Benjamin is the founder of Princeton’s JUST DATA Lab, bringing together activists, artists, educators, and researchers to develop a humanistic approach to data conception, production, and circulation. An award-winning teacher, she is a faculty associate in the Center for Information Technology Policy; Program on History of Science; Center for Health and Wellbeing; Program on Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Department of Sociology.