Senior Fellow


Ulrich Boser

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Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at American Progress and the CEO and founder of the Learning Agency and the Learning Agency Lab, which are devoted to scaling the science of learning.

Boser’s work has been influential, and his research and writing have been featured in a variety of outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today. Boser has also served as an adviser to many institutions including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) drafted a change to federal law based on Boser’s work.

Boser also wrote Learn Better, a book that examines the new science of learning. Released in 2017, the book was featured in Wired, Slate, Vox, Fast Company, and The Atlantic. Amazon called it simply “the best science book of the year.”

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.


The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers Report

The Highly Negative Impacts of Vouchers

The negative impact of vouchers on student achievement is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.

Ulrich Boser, Meg Benner, Erin Roth

Giving to the Rich Article
In this October 13, 2017, photo, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a dinner hosted by the Washington Policy Center in Bellevue, Washington. (AP/Ted S. Warren)

Giving to the Rich

Under the House GOP plan, the tax break given to Donald Trump would be enough to pay more than 20,000 teachers.

Ulrich Boser, Abel McDaniels

Learning Mindsets and Skills Report

Learning Mindsets and Skills

The Every Student Succeeds Act provides new opportunities for school leaders to cultivate students’ learning mindsets.

Ulrich Boser, Perpetual Baffour

Segregated by Income Interactive

Segregated by Income

Use this data tool to explore the most and least segregated school districts nationwide.

Ulrich Boser, Perpetual Baffour

Isolated and Segregated Report

Isolated and Segregated

Far too many school districts are intensely segregated by income and socioeconomic status, but Americans are largely in support of change.

Ulrich Boser, Perpetual Baffour

Trump University: A Look at an Enduring Education Scandal Report
President Donald Trump speaks at a women's empowerment panel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 29, 2017. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

Trump University: A Look at an Enduring Education Scandal

As the long-standing legal case on Trump University comes to a close, this brief looks at new evidence and insights on Trump and his hallmark educational initiative.

Ulrich Boser, Danny Schwaber, Stephenie Johnson

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