Ronald Pope

Professor Emeritus, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

Academic Bio

Ron is the founder and president of Serendipity-Russia. His wife, Susie, is a vice president of the organization, along with David Johnson -- and was the initial webmaster. Ron retired from the Politics and Government Department at Illinois State University in June 2009 -- after 33 years of teaching. He and Susie are in the process of sharing -- and ultimately turning over responsibility for the American Home project to the next generation.

Their goal is to foster the use of the American Home's resources to make a positive difference in Russian-American relations and in the transition of Russian society. They also very much value the positive contribution the American home experience provides to the teachers and other Americans involved with this project.