About Paul Lachelier, Learning Life’s Founder

Paul Lachelier is a sociologist and nonprofit entrepreneur passionate about making the world a better place through civic innovation.

Born and raised in France until age 11, he moved with his family to the United States in the early 1980s.  His experience as a French-American dual national made him more curious about the world around him, and especially about societies and their cultures.  This curiosity spurred Paul to study sociology, and to learn and write about American culture and politics first as an undergraduate at Georgetown University, then as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his Master’s and Ph.D.  Paul taught sociology, political science and social theory for over a decade at a variety of higher education institutions, including the University of Wisconsin, Tufts, Harvard, and Stetson University.

Paul LachelierIn 2012, Paul left academia to found Learning Life with the mission to nurture more caring, capable citizens by spreading learning in everyday life beyond schools walls.

Learning Life’s mission grew in large part out of Paul’s experiences as a teacher.  “Learning is becoming increasingly important to personal and societal success, but formal education in schools often aggravates deepening global inequalities by sorting people into schools, grades and classes by academic ability, which is profoundly and unfairly shaped by family background,” he notes.  “Having taught at a wide variety of schools, from a community college to Harvard, I’ve seen first hand how vast the differences are in our youth’s preparedness for school, work and citizenship.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” he adds.  “We can help tackle deepening inequalities and make our world a better place for all by making learning and citizen engagement a more vital part of everyday life.  That’s what Learning Life is all about.”

Paul’s published writings have appeared in academic journals, online media as well as newspapers including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Orlando Sentinel.   You can learn more about Paul and read some of his writings on democracy, education, culture and citizen engagement on our News & Blog page, at his personal website and his academia.edu page.