John R. Freeman (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978) is the Paul W. Frenzel Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and a consultant to international businesses, banks, the armed services, and law firms.
Among his honors are the Morse-Alumni All-University and College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teaching Awards.
Freeman is the author of Democracy and Markets: The Politics of Mixed Economies (Cornell University Press) and the co-author of Three Way Street: Strategic Reciprocity in World Politics (University of Chicago Press) and of Time Series Analysis for Social Scientists (Cambridge University Press). The first of these books won the International Studies Association's Quincy Wright Award; It has been translated into Chinese. Freeman also edited three volumes of Political Analysis (University of Michigan Press). He has (co)authored numerous research articles in academic journals. Many of Freeman's research projects have been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Bank Austria Foundation and the Austrian Ministry of Science also have supported his research.
Freeman has held many professional posts including President of the American Political Science Association's Section for Political Methodology. In addition, he served on a number of NSF review panels and on three NSF select committees. At present, Freeman is engaged in two research projects. One uses geo- statistical methods to assess the validity of human and machine-coded data on human rights violations; it is sponsored by the NSF. A related project uses the same methods to evaluate the compensation thesis (re: counterinsurgency).