Ifeoma Ajunwa

Associate Professor of Law
Founding Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Decision-Making Research Program

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Rights and Discrimination
  • Corporate Board Diversity
  • Critical Legal Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Law and Society
  • Leadership
  • Privacy Law
  • Public Law and Legal Theory
  • Race and the Law
  • Science and Technology Law
  • Women and the Law


Ifeoma Ajunwa joined Carolina 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. 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, etc. She has a budding interest in law & literature. Professor Ajunwa’s work is published or forthcoming in high impact factor law reviews of general interest: the California Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, as well as, the top law journals for specialty areas such as: anti-discrimination law (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review), employment and labor law (Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law), and law and technology (Harvard Journal of Law and Technology). 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.

Learn more at ifeomaajunwa.com.

Selected Publications

Automated Governance, 101 N.C. L. REV. 355 (2023).
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Race, Labor, and the Future of Work, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF RACE AND LAW IN THE UNITED STATES (D. Carbado, E. Houh, and K. Bridges eds.) (2022).

An Auditing Imperative for Automated Hiring Systems, 34 HARV. J.L. & TECH. 621 (2021).
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Evolving Public Views on the Value of One’s DNA and Expectations for Genomic Database Governance: Results from a National Survey (with F. Briscoe, A. Gaddis, J. McCormick), PLOS ONE 15(3) (March 11, 2020).
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Protecting Workers’ Civil Rights in the Digital Age, 21 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2020).
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The Black Box at Work, BIG DATA & SOC., Oct. 2020.
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The Paradox of Automation as Anti-Bias Intervention, 41 CARDOZO. L. REV. 1671 (2020).
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Age Discrimination by Platforms, 40 BERKELEY J. EMP. & LAB. L. 1 (2019).
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Algorithms at Work: Productivity Monitoring Applications and Wearable Technology, 63 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 21 (2018).
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Platforms at Work: Automated Hiring Platforms and Other New Intermediaries in the Organization of the Workplace (with D. Greene), in WORK AND LABOR IN THE DIGITAL AGE: RESEARCH IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK (Emerald Publ'g Ltd., June 14, 2019).
SSRN | HD8374 .W67 2019