Anya Bernstein Bassett

Anya Bernstein Bassett

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Senior Lecturer on Social Studies
Anya Bernstein Bassett

Anya Bernstein Bassett is the Director of Studies in Social Studies and a Senior Lecturer. She is available for general academic advising as well as for conversations with students who are interested in pursuing joint or double concentrations, independent studies, unusual paths within Social Studies, or who have concerns about their progress or ideas for improving the program. She coordinates the junior and senior tutorial programs and teaches four sections of the “Introduction to the Senior Thesis” Workshop each year. She would be happy to talk with students about the junior tutorial program, their preparation for writing a senior thesis, and any aspect of the thesis or honors process. And she would be happy to talk with students about their journey at Harvard and thoughts about their path afterwards.

 Dr. Bassett received her B.A. from Barnard College in 1990 and her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1997. She 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 and young adults. 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 how young adults navigate ethical decisions in an unequal society and how to foster dialogue in the undergraduate classroom during this time of polarization.


2022-23 Courses
Social Studies 98nb: Ineqality and Social Mobility in America (Fall)
Social Studies 99a. Tutorial — Senior Year (Fall) 
Social Studies 99b. Tutorial — Senior Year (Spring)

Contact Information

William James Hall 368
p: 617-496-1838