A 2020 recipient of the Faculty Champion Award from Cornell University, a 2019 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and a 2018 recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools, Dr. Ajunwa is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Law, Labor Relations, and History Department of Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School (ILR), and an Associated Faculty Member at Cornell Law School. Dr. Ajunwa’s research interests are at the intersection of law and technology with a particular focus on the ethical governance of workplace technologies. Her research focus is also on diversity and inclusion in the labor market and the workplace.
Dr. Ajunwa’s scholarly articles have been published or are forthcoming in both top law review and peer review publications including the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Fordham Law Review, the California Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, The Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Cardozo Law Review, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and in Research in the Sociology of Work, among others. Dr. Ajunwa’s writing has also been published in popular media such as the NY Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Harvard Business Review, the ACLU Blog, etc
Dr. Ajunwa has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress (Committee on Labor and Education), governmental agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC), and has served as a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences.
Dr. Ajunwa earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia University in the City of New York (emphasis on Organizational Theory and Law and Society) where she was a Paul F. Lazersfeld Fellow. Prior to graduate school, she also earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she received the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship. Dr. Ajunwa has been admitted to the Bar in the states of New York and California.
Dr. Ajunwa’s forthcoming book, “The Quantified Worker,” which examines the role of technology in the workplace and its effects on management practices as moderated by employment and anti-discrimination laws will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.