Dan Wagner
Professor and UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy


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Dan Wagner is the UNESCO chair in learning and literacy, and professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is director of the International Literacy Institute, co-founded by UNESCO and the University of Pennsylvania, and director of Penn’s International Educational Development Program (IEDP) in graduate study. After an undergraduate degree in engineering at Cornell University, and voluntary service in Morocco for the Peace Corps, he received his doctorate in psychology at the University of Michigan. He was a two-year postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University; a visiting fellow (twice) at the International Institute of Education Planning in Paris; a visiting professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland; and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Paris. Wagner has extensive experience in national and international educational issues and has served as an advisor to UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, DFID, and others on international development issues. In addition to more than 160 professional publications, Wagner has written/edited 25 books.