Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, which draws together students, activists, and artists to develop a critical and creative approach to data and technology. Ruha is the author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019), which has been adopted in over a hundred classrooms around the nation, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. For more info visit

In this talk, Ruha Benjamin examines the twin crises of COVID-19 and police violence, mapping the many vectors through which racism gets under the skin, into the blood stream, attacking our bodies and body politic. She offers a theory of change, viral justice – as a practical and principled approach to transmuting a hostile racial climate into one that is more habitable, hopeful, and just.

Ruha Benjamin
Associate Professor
African American Studies
Princeton University

How We Grow the World We Want
Fri, October 16th, 12:30-1:30
Virtual Presentation

This event is free and open to the public.
Please contact Linda DeChaine at (909) 607-3070 for more information