Joy Rohde, associate professor of public policy, is 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. She is currently working on a book project that explores how ideas about cybernetics and advances in information technology, like research databases and statistical software, impacted the social sciences and policy analysis in the United States since World War II. 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. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of History. Prior to joining the Ford School, Joy was an assistant professor of history at Trinity University.
Ph.D. History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania