We aim to change the nature of reading — from the traditional
solitary experience to an engaging and collective one. We aim to
change education — so all students do the reading, come to class
prepared, and are motivated to do so because they care about
the content. And we aim to advance behavioral science
and AI research in the service of improving education — using
our work at Harvard University and Perusall Labs to improve the Perusall platform
and to help students, educators, researchers, and society at large.
We began Perusall following a major four-year research project at Harvard University;
we created the platform to serve students in our classes, and then in 2015
built the business to bring our research to students and instructors
everywhere. Perusall is now a profitable business serving 1,000,000
students at 3,000 educational institutions in 85 countries. We grow
mostly by word of mouth when instructors share their experiences teaching
using Perusall with friends and colleagues.
We don’t have any! We make all research, product, and strategic
decisions ourselves in the interests of students, instructors, and educators everywhere.
In addition to being developers, teachers, education researchers, and behavioral and data
scientists from Harvard University, we are an experienced entrepreneurial team:
We previously built
together to manage the in-classroom experience, and have also separately
built four other successful businesses.
is the Weatherhead University Professor, Harvard's most
distinguished faculty position, and Director of the Institute for
Quantitative Social Science.
is an educator, entrepreneur, and software engineer. A Lecturer in the
McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin,
he has a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford.
is Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
and Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard. He is also inventor of Peer
Instruction, and pioneer of the flipped classroom.
is Lecturer at the Paulson School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences at Harvard. Her research is in Peer Instruction.
She has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard.
is the Chief Operating Officer at Perusall, supporting the team to achieve the best possible experience for Perusall clients. Gretchen has a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in Virginia with her family, where she enjoys horseback riding and other outdoor activities.
is the Operations Manager at Perusall. She manages bookstore and publisher relationships, as well as assisting with consumer product feedback from instructors and students. Olivia has a BS from Northeastern University in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her rescue dog, Bowie, and is currently training to receive her yoga instructor certification.
is a Success Specialist at Perusall. Nolan fills essential roles in sales, customer support and marketing. Nolan received his BS from the University of San Francisco. Nolan is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and comic book enthusiast and lives in the Bay Area with his wife and kids.
is the Customer Success Lead at Perusall. She assists Perusall users with getting adjusted to the platform and with any technical aspects inside courses. She has a BFA from George Mason University and also studied at the O'Neill Theatre Center. Maggie is currently an actress performing in the New York City area.
is the Vice President of Sales at Perusall. Michael has been associated with innovation in higher education for his entire career. A highlight along the way was producing a film series adapting classic American short fiction to the screen including works from Alice Walker, John Updike, and Eudora Welty. Michael graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and lives north of Boston.
is the Marketing Director at Perusall. She helps instructors discover Perusall and learn how to get the most out of the platform. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time outside. She has a BA from Saint Michael’s College and lives in New Hampshire with her family.
is a Success Specialist and Knowledge Base Contributor at Perusall. Kyle lives in New York and has a BA from SUNY New Paltz. In his spare time, Kyle is preparing for law school, training to run a half-marathon, or relaxing with family and friends.