Education & Human Development

Education & Human DevelopmentBased on the recognition that successfully reaching adulthood is about more than test scores, Bass Connections in Education & Human Development encompasses an interdisciplinary framework to engage students and faculty to develop the data, tools and practices that better link how we raise our children—in schools, in families, and in communities—to positive life outcomes in an interconnected global society.

We see “education” not just as formal K-12 schooling but also as learning via families and social channels, and “human development” as encompassing valued life outcomes across ages including health, social and familial connections, happiness, income, and employment.

Project Teams

Educational Pathways


In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Education & Human Development offers semester-long interdisciplinary courses.

Summer Program

The Girl Effect in Rural Appalachia is a summer program through the Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education, run by Deborah Hicks-Rogoff of the Social Science Research Institute.


Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.

Student Stories

Check out students’ experiences in Education & Human Development.

Theme Leadership

The Social Science Research Institute runs the Education & Human Development theme, which is led by Thomas Nechyba, Professor of Economics and Director of the Social Science Research Institute, and Anna Gassman-Pines, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

At a Glance

Contributing to positive life outcomes for children in a global society
13 project teams in 2018-19
3 interdisciplinary courses


Jan 22

Come talk with faculty team leaders and staff to learn more about the Bass Connections projects that will start next summer or fall.

Apr 17

Come learn more about Bass Connections and find out what the 2018-19 research teams of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and community partners have accomplished. Join us for lightning talks, a poster session and a reception.