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Ifeoma Ajunwa joined UNC Law in January of 2021 as an Associate Professor of Law with tenure. She is also the Founding Director of the AI Decision-Making Research Program at UNC Law. Professor Ajunwa has been Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School since 2017. Her research interests include: Race & the Law, Law & Technology, Employment & Labor Law, Health Law, Privacy Law, Law and Literature, etc.

Professor Ajunwa’s work is published or forthcoming in high impact factor law reviews of general interest including: the California Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, and Cardozo Law Journal as well as, the top law journals for specialty areas such as: law and technology (Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Berkeley Journal of Law and Technology); anti-discrimination law (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review), and employment and labor law (Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law) She has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, etc., and her research has been featured in major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Guardian, the BBC, NPR, etc.

In 2020, she testified before the U.S. Congressional Committee on Education and Labor, and has spoken before governmental agencies, such as, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC). In 2018, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) awarded Professor Ajunwa the Derrick A. Bell Award in recognition of her scholarly and teaching efforts addressing racial discrimination. In 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected her NSF CAREER Award proposal on automated hiring for funding. And in 2020, She received a pioneer grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs.

Her forthcoming book, The Quantified Worker will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.


Bill of Health
Dec 2, 2020

COVID-19 Immunity as Passport to Work Will Increase Economic Inequality

Ifeoma Ajunwa warns that COVID-19 immunity tests may further inequalities

Sep 10, 2018

Algorithms at Work

Productivity Monitoring Platforms and Wearable Technology as the New Data-Centric Research Agenda for Employment and Labor Law

In Algorithms at Work: Productivity Monitoring Platforms and Wearable Technology as the New Data…


The New York Times

Africa Is Waiting for What You Promised, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey

Ifeoma Ajunwa reflects on the lack of benefits seen in Africa despite massive investments by tech billionaires with grandiose visions.

"A worry still is that these nations will never see any true benefits from tech investments until tech investors address the lack of the basic infrastructure necessary to support…

Dec 1, 2022
HBS Digital Initiative

Ifeoma Ajunwa on the limitless boundaries of employee surveillance

Ifeoma Ajunwa discusses employee surveillance with HBS Digital Initiative

Feb 8, 2021
Ms Magazine

How COVID-19 Could Enable the Inclusion of Women in the Workplace

Ifeoma Ajunwa outlines three reasons why COVID-19 could help the future inclusion of women in the workplace

Nov 20, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis Could Be A Bane Or A Boon For The Inclusion Of Women In The Workplace

Ifeoma Ajunwa on why she thinks the pandemic could benefit the future inclusion of women in the workplace

Nov 6, 2020

10 Reasons Why Anti-Racism Training Is Not The Problem

Ifeoma Ajunwa shares her thoughts on anti-racism training

Sep 5, 2020
Scientific American

The Answer to a COVID-19 Vaccine May Lie in Our Genes, But ...

We shouldn’t risk our genetic privacy to find it, writes Ifeoma Ajunwa

May 13, 2020

Your Boss May Soon Track You At Work For Coronavirus Safety

Ifeoma Ajunwa on worker surveillance

May 8, 2020

You’re Working From Home, but Your Company Is Still Watching You

BKC faculty associate Ifeoma Ajunwa explains why oversurveillance of a workforce can turn counterproductive

Apr 18, 2020
Cornell Chronicle

Ajunwa to Congress: Help stop employers’ AI-fueled bias

Ifeoma Ajunwa testifies in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor

Feb 11, 2020

The Future of Work: Protecting Workers’ Civil Rights in the Digital Age

Ifeoma Ajunwa testified in Congress on automated hiring, workplace surveillance, and genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs.

Feb 10, 2020
The Guardian

The rise of microchipping: are we ready for technology to get under the skin?

As implants grow more common, experts fear surveillance and exploitation of workers.

Nov 8, 2019

Your AI Interviewer Will See You Now

Ifeoma Ajunwa joins WBUR to discuss the use of AI in hiring processes

Oct 30, 2019
The New York Times

Beware of Automated Hiring

How do we make sure that automated hiring platforms do not worsen employment discrimination?

Oct 8, 2019
The New York Times

Cooking Eggs in the Morning and Shucking Oysters at Night, Thanks to an App

Facing a labor shortage, restaurants are turning to on-demand services for line cooks, dishwashers and other trained workers.

Sep 1, 2019
Present Value

Ethical Challenges with Technology in the Workplace

Ifeoma Ajunwa discusses the interplay of law and technology in the multiple stages of an employee’s journey

Jul 8, 2019
Tech Empire

The Quantified Worker and Worker Surveillance

Impacts of new tech in the workplace

Apr 9, 2019

Cornell Professor Ifeoma Ajunwa Discusses Artificial Intelligence Used In Hiring

Is it possible for AI to completely eliminate human bias in the hiring process? Ifeoma Ajunwa doesn't think so.

Apr 8, 2019

The Paradox of Automation as Anti-Bias Intervention

In some instances, automated decision-making has served to replicate and amplify bias.

Apr 7, 2019


May 2, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

The Quantified Worker

with Berkman Klein Fellow, Ifeoma Ajunwa

To apply to Futurecorp, please submit your resume, list of references, and a genetic profile. Once hired, we'll make an appointment for you to receive a sub-dermal tracking…