Ron Kassimir



Ron's responsibilities include building support and leadership within the Office of the Provost for research. He is working to increase the university’s capacity to support faculty research and related academic work, and he oversees the Institutional Review Board and the Faculty Research Fund and Academic Events Fund. Ron serves as the point person on institutional grant proposals in the Office of the Provost and collaborates with colleagues in the Office of Development to link academic priorities with funding opportunities. A second major focus on Ron's work is civic engagement. He consults with faculty, administrators, and students to inventory projects involving civic engagement; development cross-institutional synergies and opportunities for students and faculty; and organize a series of events on the topic. He also helps find ways to improve structural alignments across the university. He oversees the work of the India China Institute and serves as a liaison between the provost's office and the Faculty Senate.

Other Roles at The New School

Before joining the Office of the Provost in 2007, Ron spent two years as associate dean at The New School for Social Research. In his position, he oversaw faculty recruitment and hiring and worked on the school’s growing relationship with Eugene Lang College. He holds a faculty appointment as associate professor of Political Science.

Academic and Professional Experience

From 1996 to 2005, Ron was director of the Africa Program at the Social Science Research Council, where he also directed the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) program and coordinated research networks on youth and globalization and humanitarian intervention. He developed a grants program to study youth issues for junior African professionals, which supported 50 African scholars and practitioners. He oversaw a series of case studies on the public role of African higher education and co-authored a study of African brain drain. He also forged partnerships with research institutions and networks in Africa. As director of IDRF, he managed a program that awards doctoral research grants to American students doing international work in the social sciences and humanities. Ron sits on the dissertation committees for several students at The New School for Social Research. He is also a member of a steering committee of the American Political Science Association’s Africa Initiative.

Ron earned a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.


Ron has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is co-editor of Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2005), and Youth, Globalization and the Law (Stanford University Press, 2007). He recently published “If You Are Part Of The Solution, You Are Likely Part Of The Problem: Transboundary Formations And Africa” in The Study of Africa: Global and Transnational Engagements (2007).

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