Dr. Ruha Benjamin


In this moment of planetary shift, scholars cannot afford to cede all the intellectual space to diagnosing deadly structures. We must also seed new patterns, practices, and politics for a more just and joyful world. Coupling critique with creativity, I am determined to take the imaginative terrain of world building seriously.


Dr. Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code.

She is an internationally recognized scholar who has been studying the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, and knowledge and power for more than twenty years. Her other books include People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier and Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life.