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Dr. Maryanne Wolf

Presidential Fellow in Education


Maryanne Wolf was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, and the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.  Currently she is Visiting Professor at UCLA, where she will direct the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice. She will be  the Chapman University Presidential Fellow from 2018-2020. She is also affiliated with the Dyslexia Center in the UCSF Medical School and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, which she co-founded. The latter initiative aims to help nonliterate children in remote regions in Africa, India, Australia, and our own backyards to learn to read on tablets.  She is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, including the Fulbright Fellowship,  the American Psychological Association Teaching Award, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study for the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the NICHD Innovative Research Award, and the highest awards by the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Learning Disabilities Association. She is the author of Proust and the Squid (Harper), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press), and over 160 scientific publications, and lectures around the world, including multiple presentations on global literacy for disenfranchised children at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences.