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James Ron was born in the US, grew up in Jerusalem, and returned to the US for studies in his 20s. His native language is English, but he speaks Hebrew fluently and functions well in Spanish and French.

James taught and did research at universities in Canada, Mexico and the United States for 21 years.


After earning a BA in political science from Stanford University and a PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley, James held tenured and tenure-track teaching positions at Johns Hopkins, McGill, the Norman Paterson School for International Affairs, and the University of Minnesota.


James was a Canada Research Chair at McGill, and held an endowed research chair at Minnesota. 

James has also worked or consulted for the Associated Press and Financial Times in Jerusalem; the Canadian government’s department for international affairs; the global humanitarian organization, CARE; the global rights groups, Center for Victims of Torture and Human Rights Watch; and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

James Ron's research and advisory work has taken him all over the world, including Africa (the Congo Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Nigeria), the Americas (Canada, Colombia, Mexico, US), 

Asia (India, Ingushetia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), and Europe (Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia). 


In 2010, after his two-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, James began volunteering for the Sydney-based charity, Life for a Child.


This medical non-profit sends insulin, blood-glucose testing equipment, and other key supplies to pediatric clinics in low-income countries worldwide, supporting over 20,000 insulin-dependent children.

James has evaluated Life for a  Child programs in Asia, Latin America and North Africa. 

In his spare time, James Ron likes to travel internationally, work on his French and Spanish, and read history.


Please contact James below for consulting opportunities. 



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