Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies
003 Stanhope Hall
Ruha Benjamin is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and a Faculty Associate in the Program on History of Science. She specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, and biotechnology; race-ethnicity and gender; health and biopolitics. She is the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier(link is external) (Stanford University Press 2013), which examines the tension between innovation and equity in the context of state investment in stem cell research and against the backdrop of medical experimentation on subordinate social groups. Her current project, Provincializing Science: Mapping and Marketing ‘Difference’ After the Genome, explores the uptake of genomics in South Africa, India, and the United States with a focus on how and why racial-ethnic and caste categories are incorporated in research on health disparities. Benjamin received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, MA and PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among others. Benjamin is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.