Becca Spindel Bassett, PhD earned her doctorate from Harvard University in 2022 while serving as a Radcliffe Fellow. Her research aims to understand how institutions of higher education in the United States can shift their practices, policies, and power structures to enact the equity missions they so often espouse. She is particularly concerned about the treatment of low-income, first-generation students of color, whose journeys through college are too often unnecessarily difficult, risky, and costly.
As a scholar-practitioner, Becca actively supports a group of young leaders from Mississippi. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Becca founded the Alumni College Success Program at the Sunflower County Freedom Project, an educational and leadership nonprofit in the Mississippi Delta. Now in its sixth year, the ACSP is grant funded and provides holistic, intensive support to 25 college students. Before that, Becca taught 3rd grade for two years in Lyon, Mississippi and worked as a Program Director at the Sunflower County Freedom Project.
Becca attended Brown University, where she studied Cultural Anthropology with a focus in international development. She is from Urbana, Illinois and has lived in Côte d'Ivoire, France, England, and Chile.
She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She will be joining the University of Arkansas faculty in 2023.