James Ron holds the Harold E. Stassen Chair for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Department of Political Science. He is also an affiliated professor with Mexico’s Centre for Economic Research & Teaching (CIDE); the founding editor of openGlobalRights, a multilingual forum for human rights strategy; and co-Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s new Master’s Degree in Human Rights.
James was born in the U.S. (1967), grew up in Israel (1976-1993), and earned a PhD in sociology at U.C. Berkeley (1999). Before moving to Minneapolis in 2012, James taught at the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore (1999-2001); at McGill University, in Montreal (2001-2006); at Carleton University, in Ottawa (2006-11); and at CIDE, in Mexico City (2011-12).
Over the years, James has worked for the Associated Press in Jerusalem; for Human Rights Watch in Palestine, Nigeria, Turkey, the Albanian-Kosovo border, the Ingush-Chechen border, and Kyrgyzstan; the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and the former Yugoslavia; and for CARE about its work in Africa. James has also done applied research projects with financial support from various official Canadian agencies, including its foreign ministry.
James donates his spare time to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Program, which aids over 18,000 children with Type 1 diabetes in 46 low and middle income countries. He is a member of their advisory committee, helps their US office with fundraising, does occasional international site visits, and is contributing to related research.
James is married to Emma Naughton, founder of the Lucid Collaborative, a monitoring, learning, and evaluation consultancy. Together, they have two children, Tessa and Sacha, and a labrador retriever, Molly. They live in Minneapolis.