Prof. Maryanne WOLF

Maryanne Wolf is the Director of Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice in the  Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University; past fellow and research affiliate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is also working with the Dyslexia Center in the UCSF Medical School. Her awards include the highest honors from the International Dyslexia Association (the Geschwind and Orton awards); the Distinguished Researcher of the Year for Learning Disabilities in Australia; the Distinguished Teacher of the Year from state and national American Psychological Association; Fulbright Fellowship in Germany; and the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for her work, particularly in Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative which she co-founded. This initiative aims to help non- literate children (e.g., in remote areas in Africa, India, Australia, China) learn to read through digital tablets. She is the author of over 160 scientific articles; the RAVE-O reading curriculum for children with dyslexia; the RAN/RAS tests of reading prediction with Martha Denckla; and three books: Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (13 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century  (Oxford University Press, 2016); and  Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (HarperCollins, 2018). Wolf  lectures  and advises on the importance of literacy around the world, including multiple presentations on global literacy for disenfranchised children at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and serving as an external advisor to the International Monetary Fund.