Daphna Bassok

Associate Professor; Associate Director, EdPolicyWorks


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009
  • M.A., Stanford University , 2007
  • M.A., Stanford University, 2003
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2000

Daphna Bassok is an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and is also the Associate Director of EdPolicyWorks a joint collaboration between the Curry School of Education and Human Development and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Her research addresses early childhood education policy, with a focus on efforts to improve early childhood systems at scale.   She is particularly interested in policies aimed at supporting the early childhood workforce.

Currently Bassok is involved in two long-term Research Policy Partnerships aimed at improving access to high-quality early learning opportunities in Virginia and Louisiana. Since 2014 she has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to support their efforts to improve access to high quality early learning opportunities state wide.  More information about the Study of Early Education- Louisiana (SEE-LA) is available here.

Bassok is also leading the evaluation of Virginia’s Federal Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 initiative which aims to expand access to stable, affordable, and quality early education for the Virginia’s families and children, particularly those who are most vulnerable. 

She holds a Ph.D. in the Economics of Education, a M.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Policy Analysis and Evaluation, all from Stanford University.