Ulrich
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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.

Latest by Ulrich Boser

Homework and Higher Standards Report
A teenager helps her younger sister complete her math homework at their Denver home, January 2018. (Getty/The Denver Post/AAron Ontiveroz)

Homework and Higher Standards

CAP analysis found that homework is generally aligned to Common Core State Standards, but additional policy changes would make it more valuable.

Ulrich Boser, John Smithson

Get the Lead Out Report

Get the Lead Out

A new initiative will bring 21st-century approaches to environmental monitoring and public health.

Ulrich Boser, Read Holman

Expanding Access to High-Quality Schools Report
A school administrator helps translate school admissions lottery forms for Spanish-speaking parents in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, April 2009. (Getty/Chris Hondros)

Expanding Access to High-Quality Schools

A centralized enrollment system with a fair, transparent algorithm helps families navigate public school choice options and is more efficient for schools and districts.

Ulrich Boser

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