James Ron is a senior researcher with 30 years experience working in multiple continents with a variety of  research methods, on a variety of topics. He has extensive expertise designing innovative research; pitching proposals to clients and funders; and presenting complex findings to multiple audiences, including the general public. James has deep familiarity with directing large research teams and survey operations in the developing and developed world. In addition to working as a freelance research 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, but travels frequently for work. His most recent international work trip, in July 2019, was to Uzbekistan, where he performed an evaluation of Life for a Child’s operations in that country Life for a Child is a Sydney-based international aid 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.