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Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf is "Global Literacy" Fellow at Stanford University (2017-18), the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. The author of dozens of articles on the psychology of reading and related areas of dyslexia, linguistics, neuroscience, cognition and child development, Dr. Wolf has written several books, including the critically acclaimed Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, published by Harper Collins in 2008 and since translated into 13 languages; Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century, published by Oxford University Press in 2016; and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, forthcoming from Harper Collins.

In 2017, Dr. Wolf has been serving as a Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, as part of the New Literacies Network. The aim of this work is to apply current research on the reading brain circuit and numeracy to the design and curation of a digital learning experience for non-literate children in remote regions around the world and in the rural US. The overarching goal is to contribute towards ameliorating illiteracy for the 200 million children who may otherwise never attain functional literacy. In this connection, Dr. Wolf is a co-founder of Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, which has current deployments in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, India, and the rural US.

Maryanne Wolf received her doctorate from Harvard University in the Department of Human Development and Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, where she began her work on the neurological underpinnings of reading, language, and dyslexia. Professor Wolf was awarded the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and also the Teaching Excellence Award from the American Psychological Association.

As a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, Dr. Wolf conducted research on dyslexia in German-speaking children. In addition to research into reading, neuroscience and global literacy, her current work in collaboration with Dr. Pat Bowers concerns a new conceptualization of developmental dyslexia, the Double-Deficit Hypothesis. This research was the subject of a recent special issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities. Along with colleagues Dr. Robin Morris and Dr. Maureen Lovett, Professor Wolf was awarded a NICHD Shannon Award for Innovative Research and several multiyear NICHD grants to investigate new approaches to reading intervention. Dr. Wolf is the author of the RAVE-O Intervention Program, an evidence-based fluency comprehension program for struggling readers that has proven successful in two major federal studies. She received the Norman Geschwind Lecture Award from the International Dyslexia Association for neuroscience research in dyslexia.


Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the Department of English and Theatre, the Department of Psychology and the Honors Program.

Published on March 01, 2018

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