Professor Ifeoma Ajunwa, Director
Dr. Ajunwa is the Founding Director of the Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program. She is an Associate Professor of Law (with tenure) at the University of North Carolina School of Law and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business where she is a Rethinc. lab Fellow. Professor Ajunwa is 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 (AALS). Dr. Ajunwa is a Founding Board Member of the Labor Tech Research Network which is an international group of scholars committed to the research of the ethics of AI used in the workplace and for labor. She has previously served as a Board member for the Institute for Africa Development (IAD) and for the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) at Cornell University where she earned tenure in 2020.
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 reviewed publications. Dr. Ajunwa has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress (Committee on Education and Labor), governmental agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and has served as a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences. Dr. Ajunwa is currently a Contributor for Forbes. Her writing has also been published in other media such as the NY Times, the Washington Post,The Atlantic, the Harvard Business Review, the ACLU Blog, etc. 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 law will be published by Cambridge University Press. She is also a certified Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) expert and consultant since 2020.