Expertise: K-12 education
Ulrich Boser is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he examines education issues. He is working on 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. He is also the founding director of the Center’s science of learning initiative.
Boser’s research and writing for the Center have been featured in outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today. His work on school spending made headlines around the country and helped inspire initiatives to improve the effectiveness of education dollars. He has also developed legislation, advised political campaigns, and served as managing director of the Center’s K-12 Education Policy team.
Before the Center, Boser worked as a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, the founding editor of the online criminal justice magazine The Open Case, and a research coordinator 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, National Public Radio, and “NBC Nightly News.”
Boser’s career has included stints as a reporter, editor, and English instructor. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors.