James Ron is the Harold E. Stassen Professor of Public AffairsPolitical Science at the University of Minnesota; affiliated professor with Mexico’s Centre for Economic Research & Teaching (CIDE), and founding editor of Open Global Rights, a multilingual forum for human rights politics, opinion, data, and strategy.

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 or consulted for the Associated PressHuman Rights Watch;  the International Committee of the Red Cross;and CARE.  James has also done applied research projects with support from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Canadian government agencies, including its foreign and affairs & international cooperation ministry.