Expertise: K-12 education
Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at American Progress and the founding director of American Progress’ science of learning initiative. He is also the founder of The Learning Agency.
Boser recently finished a book titled Learn Better that examines the new science of learning. Released in 2017, the book was featured in many media outlets, including Wired, Slate, Vox, Fast Company, and The Atlantic. Amazon called it simply “the best science book of the year.”
Boser’s research has been influential, and his studies have appeared in a variety of outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) drafted a change to federal law based on Boser’s work.
Boser has also served as an adviser to many institutions including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He has launched a number of organizations including a next-generation public affairs firm called Public Insight Lab.
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 featured on CNN, NPR, and “NBC Nightly News.”
Boser’s writings have appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Wired, Slate, Smithsonian, and many other publications. Boser’s examination of brain training was featured on the front page of the Outlook section of The Washington Post.
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.