Tim Ready

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Timothy Ready
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Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations
Western Michigan University
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5236 USA

Timothy Ready

Timothy Ready is Director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and has a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University. Having earned a PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 1981, he has worked as an administrator, researcher and university professor in South Texas, Washington, DC, and in the Midwest. His most recent work involves research, development and implementation of community change strategies related to racial and ethnic disparities in health, education, economic status, and involvement in the criminal justice system. 

Immediately prior to joining Western Michigan University in January of 2008, he was Research Director at the Institute for Latino Studies of the University of Notre Dame and also served as Research Director for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR). He directed the IUPLR’s Census Information Center and published numerous studies on Latino community development, housing, and education.

From 2001 to 2003, Ready was senior program officer and study director at the National Research Council of The National Academies in Washington, DC. There, he directed three studies on the education of racial and ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged students that were published by National Academies Press.

In 1990, he joined the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) where he worked for eleven years. There, he designed and directed Project 3000 by 2000, the AAMC’s diversity campaign for the nation’s 126 medical schools. As the AAMC’s Assistant Vice President for Community and Minority Programs, he also administered the Health Professions Partnership Initiative, a $13 million grants program that supported the design and implementation of two dozen community partnerships across the United States to boost the number of students from underrepresented groups who are both interested in and academically prepared to pursue careers in medicine and other health professions.

Ready also taught Anthropology at the Catholic University of America during the 1980s. During that time, he also researched and wrote about Latino adolescent immigrants and refugees living in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has researched and written on the health and education of Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white (Anglo) adolescents in South Texas.