Dr. Edward Fergus is Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University. A former high school teacher, he has and continues to provide technical assistance and analysis on education policy and research to school districts. He has published various articles on disproportionality in special education, race/ethnicity in schools, and author of Skin Color and Identity Formation: Perceptions of Opportunity and Academic Orientation among Mexican and Puerto Rican Youth (Routledge Press, 2004). Fergus is on the board of various organizations, including the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and Yonkers Partners in Education. Fergus was an Education and Research Analyst at the National Technical Assistance Center for Community Schools at The Children's Aid Society and a program evaluator with Metis Associates. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of a study of single-sex schools for boys of color (funded by the Gates Foundation), the New York State Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality, and various other research and programmatic endeavors focused on disproportionality and educational opportunity.
Dr. Fergus received his doctorate and masters in Social Foundations and Educational Policy from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelors in political science and teaching certificate from Beloit College.