About

James Ron is a senior research professional with 30 years experience working in multiple continents, with a variety of  research methods. 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 deep familiarity with directing large research teams and survey operations in the developing and developed world, and has raised over $4MM USD in research grants. In addition to working as a freelance consultant, James is a tenured professor of public affairs & political science at the University of Minnesota. He has published dozens of research reports, scholarly articles and books, and newspaper editorials.

James was born in the U.S., grew up in Israel, and earned a PhD in sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Before his work at the University of Minnesota, James taught at the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore; at McGill University, in Montreal; at the Norman Paterson foreign policy school in Ottawa; and 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 work 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 in Bosnia & Croatia; and for Life for a Child, a charitable medical group, in India, Mexico, Morocco, Tajikistan, & Uzbekistan.

James has 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 a black lab (Molly). He lives in Minneapolis and  travels frequently for work. His most recent trip, in July 2019, was to Uzbekistan, where he performed a site visit for Life for a Child, a charitable group providing insulin and other life-saving medical supplies to some 20,000 children worldwide. James’ son, Sacha, has lived with Type 1 diabetes, an auto-immune disease, since he was 2 years old.

For University of Minnesota business, please contact James at jamesr@umn.edu. For all other matters, please contact him at jamesron2@gmail.com. You can find him on Telegram or WhatsApp at +1- 612-222-2635.