SSRC Staff

Ronald Kassimir

Executive Program Director


Ron Kassimir is executive program director at the Council. Kassimir supports the development of new SSRC initiatives on Digital Culture, Scholarly Borderlands, Anxieties of Democracy, and The Decent City. As part of the Council’s senior management team, he also provides leadership in developing cross-program collaborations and institution-wide initiatives. These include the Council’s research and capacity-building work in Africa—Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa and the African Peacebuilding Network—and other Africa-related programming. From 1996 to 2005, Kassimir was first a program officer and then a program director at the Council, where he managed the Africa Program and, from 2000 to 2005, the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program. He also coordinated research networks on global youth issues and humanitarian intervention. In 2005, Kassimir became associate dean at the New School for Social Research and associate professor in the Department of Politics, and in 2007 he moved to the New School’s Office of the Provost, where he served as associate provost for research and special projects. Kassimir earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1996. He has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is coeditor 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 most recently published, with Connie Flanagan, “Youth Civic Engagement in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities” in the Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth (Wiley, 2010).