Expertise: Education, higher education, crime, criminal justice, investigative research and reporting
Ulrich Boser is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he analyzes education, criminal justice, and other social policy issues.
Prior to joining the Center, Boser was a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, special projects director for the Washington Post Express, and research director for Education Week newspaper. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, and Smithsonian.
Boser has written a number of influential reports. His study of school spending included the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. Hundreds of media outlets covered the release of the report, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Boser also serves as research director of Leaders and Laggards, a joint project of American Progress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute that evaluates state systems of education.
Boser’s work has received various awards and citations. He has been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, won the National Award For Education Reporting, and been dubbed a “writer to watch” by Washingtonian magazine. He is also the author of the national best-selling criminal justice book, The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft. Boser has served as a commentator on social policy issues for many media outlets, including CNN, National Public Radio, and The New York Times.
Boser graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.