About

James Ron is a senior researcher with 30 years experience working in multiple continents with a variety of  research methods. His substantive interests include public opinion, human rights, non-government organizations, armed conflict, and public health. He has extensive expertise designing innovative research; pitching proposals to clients and funders; and presenting complex findings to multiple audiences, including the general public. He has has directed large research teams and survey operations in the developing and developed world. In addition to working as a consultant, James is a tenured professor of public affairs and political science at the University of Minnesota.

James holds a 1999 PhD in sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Before working at the University of Minnesota, James was a tenure track professor at the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore; a tenured associate professor at  McGill University, in Montreal; a tenured associate professor at the Norman Paterson foreign policy school in Ottawa; and a visiting professor at CIDE, a think tank in Mexico City. His scholarly research has taken him to Bosnia, Colombia, the Republic of Congo, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine, Serbia, and Turkey.

James has worked or consulted for the Associated Press, a media wire service, in Jerusalem; for CARE, a humanitarian aid group, about their Goma refugee camps operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo; for Human Rights Watch, a rights research & advocacy group, for their work in Albania, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Palestine, & Turkey; for the International Committee of the Red Cross, about their relations with the United Nations and other international agencies in Bosnia & Croatia; and for Life for a Child, a charitable medical group, on whose behalf he has conducted evaluations in India, Mexico, Morocco, Tajikistan, & Uzbekistan.

James has also done applied research with financial support from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and various Canadian government agencies, including its foreign and affairs & international cooperation ministry.

James has two children and lives in Minneapolis.

For University of Minnesota business, please contact James at jamesr@umn.edu. For all other matters, please use jamesron2@gmail.com.