Annie Murphy Paul

Fellow, Future Tense

Annie Murphy Paul is a Future Tense fellow and was a Class of 2014 Fellow with the Fellows Program at New America. She is writing a book about how we learn and how we can do it better called Brilliant: The New Science of Smart. It will be published by Crown and will explore how cognitive science, neuroscience, and the psychology of learning can be applied to worker training programs. Murphy Paul is a contributing writer for TIME magazine and a contributor to, an education blog produced by National Public Radio. Previously, Murphy Paul worked as a senior editor at Psychology Today and at More magazine. She is the author of The Cult of Personality, a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests, and of Origins, a book about the science of prenatal influences. Murphy Paul is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.