Expertise: K-12 education
Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at American Progress and the founding director of American Progress’ science of learning initiative.
Boser recently finished a book titled Learn Better that examines the new science of learning. Publishers Weekly called the book “engaging” and “thought-provoking,” while author Walter Isaacson said the book was “alternately humorous, surprising, and profound.” The book has been featured in many media outlets, including NPR, Slate, and The Atlantic. Amazon called Learn Better “the best science book of the year.”
In his work for American Progress, Boser has developed legislation, advised political campaigns, and served as managing director of the K-12 Education Policy team. Boser has personally briefed Bill Gates on education issues, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) drafted a change to federal law based Boser’s work. Boser’s research is often featured in the media, and his studies have appeared in outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today.
Boser is also the co-founder of Policy Design Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to scaling innovative social policy solutions, and he has helped launch a number of organizations including a nonprofit devoted to teacher reform. Boser has also served as an adviser to many institutions, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Before American Progress, Boser worked as a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report and a researcher for the newspaper Education Week. He has also been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, winner of an Education Writers Award, and was featured on CNN, NPR, and “NBC Nightly News.”
Boser’s op-eds have appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Boser’s examination of brain training was featured on the front page of the Outlook section of The Washington Post and helped spark an investigation into the brain-training industry.
Earlier in his career, Boser wrote The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters, which Forbes called “recommended reading” and Talking Points Memo described as “both comprehensive and engaging.” He also the author of The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft, which became a national best-seller and was optioned for film.
Boser’s career has also included stints as a reporter, editor, and English language instructor. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors.