Francisco (Chiqui) 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 was a fellow at the Scandinavian Center for Advanced Studies in  Uppsala, Sweden.

Chiqui began 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 functions as a resource for visiting scholars regarding research questions and other intellectual inquiry.