Core faculty

Joy Rohde

Associate Professor of Public Policy; Associate Professor of History (by courtesy)

Joy Rohde is an associate professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a historian who works at the intersection of U.S. intellectual and policy history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, and science and technology studies. Her current book project, “Machines of Government: Computers, Social Science, and American Democracy since 1945,” examines the origins, politics, and consequences of data-driven, computational, and cybernetic approaches to foreign and national security policy since the 1950s. Joy’s first book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2013), investigates the Cold War origins and contemporary consequences of the Pentagon’s social research contracting system. At Michigan, Joy is a member of the core faculty in the Science, Technology, and Society Program and a faculty affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program.

Educational Background

PhD in history and sociology of science, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Publications

  • “War.” In Philippe Fontaine and Jefferson Pooley, eds., Redrawing the Boundaries of the Social Sciences: How Social Problems Became Economic Problems in the Postwar U.S., Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • “Pax Technologica: Computers, International Affairs, and Human Reason in the Cold War.” Isis 108.4 (December 2017): 792-813.
  • Social Science and Foreign Affairs.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, ed. Jon Butler (New York: Oxford University Press, November 2015). DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.154.