Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD is an
MIT-trained economist who focuses
social science research on economic,
social, and educational challenges.
He has been on the faculty at
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
Government since 1983, after full time
appointments at Brandeis and Brown
Universities. In 2014, he co-founded
Tripod Education Partners and
shifted into an adjunct role at the
Kennedy School, where he remains
a fellow at the Malcolm Wiener
Center for Social Policy and faculty
director of the university-wide
Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI).
Ron’s current focus as AGI director
is an initiative entitled the Boston
Basics. It takes a socio-ecological
saturation approach, collaborating
with many partners to reach extended
families with caregiving advice for
infants and toddlers.
Ron holds an undergraduate degree
from Cornell University and a PhD
from MIT, both in economics. He has
been happily married for 38 years
and is the father of two adult sons.