Ruha Benjamin (2002)

Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Ruha Benjamin studies the relationship between innovation and inequity, knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice. Professor Benjamin received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, MA and PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics and Harvard University’s Science, Technology, and Society Program. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Institute for Advanced Study. In 2017, she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton and, in 2020, the Marguerite Casey Foundation Inaugural Freedom Scholar Award.

Professor Benjamin is author of Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want (Princeton University Press 2022), winner of the 2023 Stowe Prize,  Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code  (Polity 2019), winner of the 2020 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, and editor of Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life  (Duke University Press 2019), among many other publications.


Dissertation Title
Culturing Consent: Science and Democracy in the Stem Cell State
Dissertation Book Title
People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier
Stanford University Press, 2013
Present Location
African American Studies, Princeton University

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