Ronald Ferguson
Faculty Co-chair and Director


  • Achievement gap
  • Race and diversity
  • School reform

Ronald F. Ferguson, has taught at Harvard University since 1983, focusing on education and economic development. His research and writing for the past decade has focused on racial achievement gaps and appeared in a variety of publications. His most recent book is “Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap,” published by Harvard Education Press. He is the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement and also the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. After 31 years as full-time faculty, he recently moved into an adjunct position and will focus the majority of his time on researching and writing. Ferguson earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in economics.