Announcing the appointment of Francisco Ramirez as SCANCOR Director from January 2018

It is our great pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor Francisco (Chiqui) Ramirez as the new director of SCANCOR at Stanford University beginning January 1, 2018. Dr. Ramirez will succeed our current co-directors, Mitchell Stevens and Sarah Soule, following the conclusion of their appointments at the end of 2017.

Ramirez is a Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University. He conducts cross-national studies about the impact of globalization on universities, the role of education in the formation of world society and the influence of world society on educational developments. These studies include topics such as patterns of women's access to higher education, the role of education and science in economic development, the interrelationships among education, citizenship, and human rights, and the impact of globalization on universities.

His recent honors include election into the Sociological Research Association (2016) and Honorary Fellow in the Comparative and International Education Society (2018). In the fall of 2017, Ramirez will be a fellow at the Scandinavian Center for Advanced Studies in Sweden—the perfect preparatory opportunity in advance of his directorship.

Ramirez is hardly a stranger to SCANCOR. His career at Stanford began in 1987, just one year before Jim March formally launched the organization. Since then he has presented and regularly participated in SCANCOR seminars and conferences, collaborated on research with several SCANCOR visiting scholars, and served as an advisor to two SCANCOR postdoctoral fellows. As director, he will function as a resource for visiting scholars regarding research questions and other intellectual inquiry.

We are delighted that Chiqui has committed to making this generous new contribution to the SCANCOR legacy!

 -- Jesper Strandgaard, Sarah Soule, and Mitchell Stevens