|Ronald Wixman has studied the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia for over 35 years and is one of America's specialists on the cultures and peoples of these important and diverse regions. He is a specialist in southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union and is an expert on the region's ethnic culture, folk dance, and religion. His extensive folk dance costume collection has been displayed in museums in Oregon and New Mexico.
Dr. Wixman earned his B.A. from Hunter College, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Ron is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon, where he has taught on a range of subjects relating to ethnic geography, the geography of religion, cultural geography, and ethno-political geography of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Dr. Wixman is the author of numerous books, articles, and papers.
Ron has broad knowledge of general issues of religion, culture, and ethnicity around the world. He has consulted with various government agencies on ethnic, religious and territorial disputes in Central Asia and Eastern and Central Europe.