Anya Bernstein Basset

Anya Bernstein Basset

Senior Lecturer in Social Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies
Anya Bernstein Basset

Anya Bernstein Bassett is the Director of Studies in Social Studies and a Senior Lecturer.

Anya received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1990 and her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1997. Dr. Bassett studies children, families, and young adults in American society and politics. She is particularly interested in family policy and the relationship between social class, child rearing, and life outcomes. She is also interested in the intellectual and emotional development of college students. Dr. Bassett is the author of The Moderation Dilemma:  Legislative Coalitions and the Politics of Family and Medical Leave (University of Pittsburgh Press) and two articles. She is currently studying the experiences of first generation students at highly selective colleges as part of a team headed by Richard Light of HKS and HGSE.

Anya is a recipient of the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa award for Excellence in Teaching and the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising; she has also been nominated for the Levinson Teaching Prize and the John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling. She was voted a “favorite professor” by the Harvard College classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.  


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33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-1838