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Alumna Ruha Benjamin Named to Inaugural Social Justice Fellowship

February 2021

Spelman Alumna Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D., C’2001,is among the first cohort of Freedom Scholar fellows, an initiative supporting progressive academics who are at the forefront of movements for economic and social justice.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation, which partnered to create the award, recently announced the $3 million initiative, which will support 12 academics with a $250,000 award over two years.

Founder of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, which brings together students, educators, activists and artists to rethink and retool data for justice, Dr. Benjamin joined the faculty of Princeton University in 2014 and was promoted to full professor of African American studies in November 2020.

She is the author of the books "People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier," and "Race After Technology," and the lead editor on the anthology covering race and technology, "Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life."

She is working on a fourth book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want.

I write, teach, and speak widely about the relationship between innovation and inequity, knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.

“Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within. — Ruha Benjamin

 

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