Francisco O. Ramirez

Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Stanford University

Francisco Ramirez’s current research interests include a focus on the worldwide rationalization
of university structures and policies. His work has contributed to the development of the world
society perspective in the social sciences and international comparative education. Ramirez
received his BA in Social Sciences from De La Salle University in the Philippines and his MA
and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced
Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2006–07) and has been elected an
Honorary Fellow of the Comparative and International Education Society (2018). Ramirez will be
the next director of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research at Stanford. He is
the co-editor of Towards a Comparative Institutionalism: Forms, Dynamics, and Logics Across
the Organizational Fields of Health Care and Higher Education
, with R. Pinheiro, L. Geschwind,
and K. Vrangbaek, eds. (Series Title: Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald Press,

While at SCAS, Ramirez will continue his investigation of the institutionalization of American univer-
sities as organizational actors and the globalizing impact of this “model of excellence.” Prior studies
include “In Pursuit of Excellence? Discursive Patterns in European Higher Education Research”
(with D. Tiplic), Higher Education 67 (2014): 439–455; “The Formalization of the University: Rules,
Roots, and Routes” (with T. Christensen), Higher Education 65 (2013): 695–708; and “The Rationali-
zation of Universities,” in M-L. Djelic and K. Sahlin-Andersson, eds. Transnational Governance:
Institutional Dynamics of Regulation
, pp. 224–245 (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.