Dr. James Ron, Ph.D., is a Minneapolis-based researcher who has developed a long and effective career in behavioral science, policy advisory, as well as human rights advocacy. After working with a human rights group in the Middle East, he decided to dedicate his life to human rights advocacy, and this shaped the future of his studies. As a sociologist, he is most interested in the ways state violence shapes a nation and its people, and he has studied the effects of such violence throughout the world. He continues to work extensively in the field of human rights, particularly with the Human Rights Watch.
James Ron's passion for human rights was shaped early in his childhood when he lived in three countries before the age of nine (USA, France and Israel). James' experiences traveling and seeing the world shaped his worldview and imbued him with a sense of being a global citizen. James showed from an early age that he perpetually allows his personal life to impact his professional choices. As a member of a family with Type 1 Diabetes, James Ron has spent immense time and energy attempting to connect with and help other families struggling with Type 1 Diabetes. James is a particularly firm advocate for supporting the fight against Type 1 Diabetes in developing countries.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS