Our Team

 

 

James Ron

Co-Director,

Perspectives & OpinionHub 

James holds the Harold Stassen Chair for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He helps Archana oversee Perspectives and OpinionHub activities, and is a bit too easily excited by new data.   

 

Archana Pandya

Co-Director, 

Perspectives & OpinionHub

From her office in Toronto, Archana conducts research, builds websites, runs surveys, oversees finances, develops partnerships and manages all aspects of OpenGlobalRights' operations. She never sleeps. 

 

 

Vanessa Carey

Publishing Assistant 

Perspectives 

Vanessa is a junior at the University of Dayton double majoring in International Studies and Spanish.  She helps pepare and promote Perspectives articles and series.

David Crow

Survey Guru, 

OpinionHub

David is an Asssociate Professor at el Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico. He roams the world supervising OpinionHub surveys, and appears to believe that no longhaul flight will ever be too uncomfortable.   

 

Theresa Harris

Associate Editor, 

Perspectives

Theresa is Senior Program Associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She commissions science and human rights articles for Perspectives. 

 

José Kaire

Research Assistant, 

OpinionHub

José is a PhD candidate in the University of Minnesota's political science department. He conducts research, analyzes OpinionHub data, and works with Mexican NGOs seeking to use our data. He's also an avid martial artist, so be nice.  

 

Howard Lavine

Project Leader, US/HRW Survey,

OpinionHub

Howie holds the Arleen Carlson Chair for Political Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He directs the OpinionHub/Human Rights Watch US survey. In winter, Howie plays hockey in a league for skinny liberals. 

 

Andrea Martínez

Research Assistant,

OpinionHub

Andrea is a student in the University of Minnesota's human rights master's degree program. She is helping Mexican NGOs use our data for campaigning and fundraising. Andrea finds Minnesota's winter weather uniquely horrific. 

 

 

Florencia Montal

Research Assistant, 

Perspectives

Florencia is a PhD candidate in the University of Minnesota's political science department, and a Fulbright Scholar. She collects internet and social media data to monitor our progress. 

 

Isabella Murray

Publishing Assistant,

Perspectives

Isabella is a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Journalism and Anthropology. She helps prepare our Perspectives articles for publication. 

 

Osai Ojigho

Consulting Editor, 

Perspectives

Osai is Country Director for Amnesty International - Nigeria. She commissions Perspectives articles from African writers and beyond.

 

 

 

David Petrasek

Senior Editor, 

Perspectives

David is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He commissions, writes, and edits Perspectives articles. No UN mechanism is too boring for this longtime Geneva insider.   

 

Nora Radtke

Research Assistant, 

OpinionHub

Nora is a student in the University of Minnesota's master's degree in human rights. She is helping develop the OpinionHub/Human Rights Watch US survey. For some reason, she thinks Minneapolis is an international human rights hub. 

 

Rachel Schmidt

Content Editor,

Perspectives

Rachel is a freelance writer and PhD student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, Canada. Rachel edits Perspectives articles, teaches therapeutic yoga, and is a grammar nerd.