February 5, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. – Ron Ferguson, lecturer in public policy at Harvard University and economist and senior research associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, will give a talk titled “Toward Excellence with Equity: Helping ALL Children Reach their Full Potential” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Amherst College’s Alumni House. The talk, which is sponsored by the Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund, is free and open to the public.

Ferguson has taught at Harvard since 1983. His teaching and research cover a variety of issues related to education and economic development. Much of his work since the mid-1990s has focused on racial achievement gaps, and his research has appeared in publications of the National Research Council, the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Department of Education, in addition to various books and scholarly journals. He participates in a variety of consulting and policy advisory activities, including work with school districts on closing achievement gaps. He is the creator and director of the Tripod Project for School Improvement and is also the faculty co-chair and Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.

Ferguson earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from MIT, both in economics.