Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier as well as Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, which examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development. Race After Technology was awarded Brooklyn Public Library’s 2020 Nonfiction Prize.
She has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over fifteen years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. Dr. Benjamin is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2017 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Her work has been reported on in national and international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, NBC News and The Atlantic.
Her next book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, releasing in 2022, was born out of the twin plagues of COVID-19 and police violence—a double crisis that has since created a portal for rethinking all that we’ve taken for granted about the social order and life on this planet.