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Ronald J. Herring


White Hall, Room 313


Ron Herring has worked mostly in and on South Asia, in fields of agrarian political economy and agrarian reform; ethnicity and conflict; political ecology and development; and social conflicts around science and genetic engineering. He has served as Chair of Cornell’s Department of Government and Acting Director of the Title VI National Resource Center for South Asia, and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, as the John S. Knight Chair of International Relations. He was a founding faculty member and subsequently Director/Convener of Development, Governance and Nature at Cornell. He is faculty advisor to ASHA-Cornell, a student group working for and with under-privileged children in India.


  • Government

Graduate Fields

  • Asian Studies
  • Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • Government
  • International Development
  • Public Affairs


  • comparative politics
  • political economic
  • development
  • environmental politics
  • global environmental treaties
  • effect of property rights regimes on environmental degradation