Current Role: Professor at Princeton University
Location: Princeton, USA
Area of expertise: Education | Writing | Advocacy | Technology | Sociology
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Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin, an esteemed sociologist and Princeton University professor, has made remarkable strides in examining the intersection of science, technology, race, and equity. With a solid educational foundation from Spelman College and the University of California, Berkeley, including postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and Harvard University, Benjamin’s academic journey has been rich and diverse.

Throughout her career, Benjamin has examined how technology can worsen societal inequalities, especially regarding race, justice, and fairness. Her notable works include “People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier” (2013), “Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code” (2019), and “Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want” (2022).

Benjamin’s expertise has earned her recognition and invitations to speak at prestigious events worldwide, including the United Nations and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her impactful contributions have been featured in esteemed media outlets like Essence Magazine and The New York Times, amplifying her influence on public discourse. In 2017, she was honored with the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton, followed by the Marguerite Casey Foundation Inaugural Freedom Scholar Award in 2020.

Beyond academia, Benjamin is deeply engaged in social justice initiatives. She founded the JUST DATA Lab, a collaborative platform aimed at promoting ethical data use for justice. Additionally, she actively contributes to the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University.

Ruha Benjamin’s scholarly endeavors and advocacy efforts have established her as a leading voice in discussions on technology, race, and equity. Through her research, publications, and public engagements, she continues to inspire meaningful dialogue and action toward a more just and equitable future.