I’m a best-selling author and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. I research and write about social issues, mainly education and crime. I’m working on a book about trust, which will be published in 2014.
Prior to the Center, I was a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report. My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other publications.
I’ve written a number of influential articles and reports. I’m the author of a paper that examined the degree to schools challenge students, which was featured on the front page of USA Today and on the Jay Leno show. My recent work on school spending included the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country.
In February 2009, HarperCollins published my criminal justice book The Gardner Heist, which examines the largest art heist in history, the 1990 theft of a dozen masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The book tells the story behind the caper and highlights the growing problem of art crime, an estimated $6 billion black market, with more than 50,000 heists occurring worldwide each year.
The book received glowing reviews in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. “Captivating,” said the Wall Street Journal. “Vivid,” noted the Associated Press. “Boser has done a public service in exposing the real world of art theft: It isn’t about glamour and culture — it’s about greed, violence and irreparable, maddening loss,” wrote USA Today. The book spent almost six months on the Boston Globe best-seller list and became a national best-seller.
My writing and research has received a variety of awards and citations. I have been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, won the National Award For Education Reporting, and been dubbed a “writer to watch” by Washingtonian magazine. I have also served as a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. I graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and live in Washington, D.C. with my wife and two daughters.
I give speeches and serve as a consultant for a variety of organizations. My disclosure statement can be found here. You can email me at ulrich @ ulrichboser.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @ulrichboser