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James Ron

Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs

Department: Global Policy
Room: 264
Office Phone Number: 612-626-7819


Areas of Expertise

International conflict and civil wars; human rights and non-profit organizations in the Global South; international development assistance; global access to medicine; civil society in the Global South


James Ron holds the Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and at the University of Minnesota's Department of Political Science. He holds affiliated positions at Mexico's CIDE research institute, and at Israel's Ben Gurion University.

Prof. Ron was born in the United States (1967), spent 16 years in Israel (1977-93), earned a sociology PhD from U.C. Berkeley (1999), and taught at Johns Hopkins University (1999-2001), McGill University (2001-06), and Carleton University (2006-11). 

Prof. Ron worked for the Associated Press in Jerusalem; for Human Rights Watch in Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Albania; and did consulting for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and the former Yugoslavia, for CARE in Africa, and for the International Diabetes Federation in India and Mexico. 

Prof. Ron publishes in scholarly and popular venues. His book on state violence in Israel and Serbia appeared in 2003, and he is now writing a second book on rights-based non-profits in the global South. This new project relies on 233 interviews with human rights activists from 60 countries, as well as public opinion polls in Mexico, India, and Morocco.

Thematically, Prof. Ron studies human rights, violence, and NGOs. Geographically, his research has taken him to Africa, Latin America, the Balkans, Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Prof. Ron is married to Emma Naughton, a Canadian development professional. Together, they have two children, Tessa and Sacha.

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