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During his doctoral studies, James Ron's expertise extended to consulting for the International Committee of the Red Cross, a Swiss-based agency championing the Fourth Geneva Convention, also known as the "laws of war." He evaluated their collaborative efforts with civilian and prisoner-protection agencies during the Bosnian and Croatian civil wars. Subsequently, he lent his insights to CARE-USA, a humanitarian agency, to assess the human rights implications of their aid to refugees in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in Congo. Following the completion of his doctorate, he held prestigious academic positions at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, McGill University, Carleton University, and the University of Minnesota. His dedication to studying political violence took him to diverse global destinations, where he conducted research for Human Rights Watch and pursued academic inquiries. In 2005, James embraced statistical methods to delve into the determinants of international NGOs and media coverage of human rights issues. In 2012, he embarked on a series of face-to-face opinion surveys across Latin America, Africa, and Asia, meticulously tracking and analyzing public attitudes toward human rights. His subsequent research ventured into exploring the potential for citizen donations to human rights organizations in Mexico and Colombia, employing innovative methods, including cash experiments. His commitment to humanitarian causes extended beyond research and academia. Since 2010, he has selflessly volunteered for Life for a Child, an Australia-based charity providing vital medical supplies to over 18,000 children with Type 1 diabetes in low and middle-income countries. His motivation stems from a personal connection, as his son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the tender age of two. In 2013, James Ron co-founded Open Global Rights, an influential online platform fostering multilingual conversations about human rights strategies, research, funding, and their real-world impact. The platform's success was underscored by substantial support from esteemed foundations, including the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations. He dedicated four years of his life as the website's lead editor. Throughout his remarkable journey, he maintained a steadfast association with Human Rights Watch since 1992. He conducted rights-related research across various countries and produced reports that pushed the boundaries of innovative research methods. In 2018, he collaborated with colleagues and Human Rights Watch to conduct a comprehensive survey of the attitudes of the US public toward human and civil rights, both at home and abroad. Dr. James's unwavering commitment to advancing human rights, his multidimensional approach spanning academia, advocacy, and humanitarianism, serves as a beacon of inspiration for us all.
Stanford University
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Background

  • Current status
  • Profession
  • Fields
  • Work experience
    More than 15 years (More than 15 years relevant)
  • Management
    I've had experience in managing 15+ people
  • Skills
    international development
    international affairs
    Data Analysis
    Qualitative Research
    Consulting Services
    Analysis Reports
  • Languages
    Native or Bilingual
  • Highest level of education

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    Remote Only
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    Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Freelance

Work Experience


Jan 2020 - Present
Azimuth SOCIAL RESEARCH, LLC, is a private consulting firm offering customized research solutions for organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. It draws on the expertise and training of social scientists, project managers and evaluation experts with expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods.

Advisory and Research Consultant

Jan 2010 - Present
LIFE FOR A CHILD is a medical non-profit based in Sydney, Australia It acts on the conviction that no child should die of diabetes. The organization supplies insulin, blood glucose testing equipment, and other critical medical supplies to over 22, 000 children with Type 1 diabetes in under-resourced countries. Traveled to five low or middle-income countries India, Mexico, Morocco, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to assess the medical needs of children with Type 1 Diabetes, verify the integrity of existing programs, evaluate impacts on health outcomes, and recommend programmatic changes. Interviewed and collaborated with dozens of physicians, government officials, civil society activists, and patients. In Mexico, assessed the needs of low-income children with Type 1 diabetes in response to requests for international assistance from the Mexican Diabetes Association Developed a new insulin and blood glucose test delivery program for 500 children in partnership with the Eli Lilly Foundation Mexico and the Mexican Diabetes Association Patient health outcomes improved as a result of this new program. In India, as project co-leader, helped design, oversee and evaluate a low-cost medical intervention for 200 children. Based on this data, the team recommended a more cost-effective system for adjusting insulin doses in resource-poor contexts. This new system was disseminated to other health providers in resource-poor contexts. In Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, verified the integrity and appropriateness of Life for Child programs; improved local data collection systems; and made recommendations for future program development. Recommendations included developing relationships with Russian blood glucose test manufactures and devising an evidence-based needs assessment tool to better prioritize deliveries of insulin and blood glucose testing supplies.

Associate & Full Professor & Harold

Jan 2011 - Dec 2020
10 yrs 0 mos
Designed and executed representative surveys n=6, 100 in four countries India, Nigeria Mexico, and Morocco to learn about public attitudes towards human rights principles, policies, and organizations. Published a book and numerous scholarly and popular articles and presented findings to major human rights organizations and philanthropies, helping shape policies and tactics. Designed and executed two representative surveys n=2, 000 of the adult population in Mexico City and Bogota to learn whether citizens would contribute funds to civil society organizations. Results prompted at least one major philanthropic group to initiate a new program aimed at helping the organizations' grantees fundraise locally. Created, raised funds for, and edited OpenGlobalRights.org, a website for short, evidence-driven articles on international human rights topics in 22 languages. OGR has become one of the field's key international thought leadership platforms.

Advisory and Research Consultant

Jan 1992 - Dec 2020
29 yrs 0 mos

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Jan 1998 - Dec 1999
2 yrs 0 mos
Led qualitative consulting project for CARE, a US-based humanitarian aid organization, to analyze human rights implications of aid programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This report contributed to revamping of CARE's do no harm policies and led to creation of a rights-based approach in their work.

Doctoral Research Fellow

Jan 1997 - Dec 1999
3 yrs 0 mos
Completed PhD dissertation on political violence in Serbia and Israel

Advisory, and Research Consultant

Jan 1996 - Dec 1997
2 yrs 0 mos
The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC is an international body charged with promoting and implementing the Fourth Geneva Convention and delivering humanitarian aid to war-affected populations. Led qualitative consulting project, with field work, to determine extent of Red Cross cooperation with the United Nations and others in the former Yugoslavia. Conducted dozens of interviews in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia Presented findings to Red Cross leadership. Report convinced the Red Cross to revamp their policy towards inter-agency collaboration in wartime.


Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Arts Political Science
High School Diploma
Doctor of Philosophy PhD Sociology