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. She is a historian who works at the intersection of U.S. intellectual and political history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, and science and technology studies. Joy is interested broadly in the relationship between science, technology, and state power. Her current book project, Machines of Government: Computers, Social Science, and American Democracy since 1945, historicizes contemporary efforts to understand and manage society via big data and computation by examining data-driven, computational, and cybernetic approaches to American national security and foreign policy since the 1950s. Her first book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War (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. Her work has been supported by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs. 

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.