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Joy Rohde

Joy Rohde

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Phone: (734) 615-6972
Office: Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #4211
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
E-mail: joyrohde@umich.edu

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • National Security/International Diplomacy
  • Politics, Institutions & Processes: National
  • _Ethics
  • _Science and Technology

Educational Background:

Ph.D. History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Recent Publications:

Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).

“From Expert Democracy to Beltway Banditry: How the Anti-War Movement Expanded the Military-Academic-Industrial Complex,” pp. 137-53. In Mark Solovey and Hamilton Cravens, eds., Cold War Social Science: Knowledge Production, Liberal Democracy, and Human Nature (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

“The Last Stand of the Psychocultural Cold Warriors: Military Contract Research in Vietnam.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 47 (2011): 232-50.

“Gray Matters: Social Scientists, Military Patronage, and Democracy in the Cold War.” Journal of American History 96 (June 2009): 99-122.


Joy Rohde, assistant professor of public policy, is a historian who specializes in U.S. national security policy and the history of science. She is interested broadly in the role that scientific experts—especially social scientists—play in American national security and foreign policy. Her book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War, investigates the Cold War origins and contemporary consequences of the Pentagon’s social research contracting system. Her current research projects include a study of the role social scientists play in the Global War on Terror and a longitudinal study of the myriad ways the American state has deployed cultural knowledge over the last century to understand, manage, and control its perceived enemies.

Prior to joining the Ford School, Joy was assistant professor of history at Trinity University. She has held research fellowships from the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs, Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in anthropology from the University of Chicago.