Expertise: K-12 education
Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he examines education issues. He is also the founding director of American Progress’ science of learning initiative.
Boser recently finished a book titled Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything. 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 also been featured in many outlets, including NPR, Slate, Vox, Wired, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.
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. His work on educational effectiveness made headlines around the country and helped inspire initiatives to improve the use of school dollars. His research and writing is often featured in the media, and his work has appeared in outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today.
Before American Progress, Boser worked as a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report and a researcher for the newspaper Education Week. Boser is also the author of 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.”
Earlier in his career, Boser wrote The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft, which became a national best-seller. USA Today called The Gardner Heist “a public service,” while The Wall Street Journal described the book as “captivating.”
Boser’s articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has also been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, an adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and featured on CNN, NPR, and “NBC Nightly News.”
Boser’s career has also included stints as a reporter, editor, and English language instructor. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors.