James Tooley is a professor of education policy at the University of Newcastle, where he directs the E. G. West Centre. He has published widely on the phenomenon of low-cost private schools in developing countries. His books include The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves (2009); Reclaiming Education (2000) and others. He also runs chains of low-cost private schools in Africa and South Asia. This work has been covered in Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times as well as in documentaries for the BBC and PBS.