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The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MichiganThe Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

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Faculty

Joy Rohde

Title:
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
Email:
joyrohde@umich.edu
Phone:
(734) 615-6972
Office:
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #4211
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Biography

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Joy Rohde is a historian working at the intersection of U.S. intellectual history, political and policy history, and science and technology studies. She is interested broadly in the role that experts—especially social scientists—play in domestic and foreign policy debates. Her first book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War, investigates the Cold War origins and contemporary consequences of the Pentagon’s social research contracting system.

Joy is currently working on two projects. One is a synthetic history of the roles that the social sciences have played in foreign policy since the late 19th century. The second is a book project that examines the intellectual and policy consequences of mathematization and computerization of social scientific and policy research in the post-World War II United States.  

Prior to joining the Ford School, Joy was assistant professor of history at Trinity University. She has held research fellowships from the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs, Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the University of Michigan. 

Educational Background:

Ph.D. History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Publications:

Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013). “From Expert Democracy to Beltway Banditry: How the Anti-War Movement Expanded the Military-Academic-Industrial Complex,” pp. 137-53. In Mark Solovey and Hamilton Cravens, eds., Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). “The Last Stand of the Psychocultural Cold Warriors: Military Contract Research in Vietnam.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 47 (2011): 232-50. “Gray Matters: Social Scientists, Military Patronage, and Democracy in the Cold War.” Journal of American History 96 (June 2009): 99-122.