Anna Gassman-Pines

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., New York University 2007

  • M.A., New York University 2004

  • B.A., Yale University 1999


Anna Gassman-Pines is Associate professor of public policy and psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. She is also Faculty Affiliate of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy. Gassman-Pines received her BA with distinction in Psychology from Yale University and PhD in Community and Developmental Psychology from New York University. Her research focuses on low-wage work, family life and the effects of welfare and employment policy on child and maternal well-being in low-income families. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, American Psychological Association, National Head Start Association, and National Institute of Mental Health, and various private foundations.

Gassman-Pines, A, Gibson-Davis, CM, Vernot, C, Butler, M, Hall, N, Taylor, L, Eastwood, K, and Zhang, X. "They Should Say “I Don't”: Norms About Midpregnancy Marriage and Job Loss." Journal of Marriage and Family 79.2 (April 2017): 405-418. Full Text

Gibson-Davis, CM, Ananat, EO, and Gassman-Pines, A. "Midpregnancy Marriage and Divorce: Why the Death of Shotgun Marriage Has Been Greatly Exaggerated." Demography 53.6 (December 2016): 1693-1715. Full Text

Gassman-Pines, A, Gibson-Davis, CM, and Ananat, EO. "How Economic Downturns Affect Children's Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Pathways of Influence." Child Development Perspectives 9.4 (December 2015): 233-238. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gassman-Pines, A, and Bellows, L. "SNAP Recency and Educational Outcomes." (November 13, 2015).

Gassman-Pines, A, Ananat, EO, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Effects of statewide job losses on adolescent suicide-related behaviors." American journal of public health 104.10 (October 2014): 1964-1970. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, C. "Community-wide job loss and teenage fertility: evidence from North Carolina." Demography 50.6 (December 2013): 2151-2171. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gassman-Pines, A. "Daily Spillover of Low-Income Mothers' Perceived Workload to Mood and Mother-Child Interactions." JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY 75.5 (October 2013): 1304-1318. Full Text


Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "The effects of local employment losses on children's educational achievement." Whither Opportunity?: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances. January 1, 2011. 299-313.

Yoshikawa, H, Morris, P, Gennetian, L, Roy, AL, Gassman-Pines, A, and Godfrey, EB. "Effects of welfare and employment policies on middle-childhood school performance: Do they vary by race/ethnicity and, if so, why?." Developmental Contexts in Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood. January 1, 2006. 370-384. Full Text

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, CM. Community-Wide Job Loss and Teenage Fertility. April 2013.

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, Francis, DV, and Gibson-Davis, CM. Children Left Behind: The Effects of Statewide Job Loss on Student Achievement..

The Racial Marriage Gap and Student Achievement: A New Look at an Old Conundrum awarded by William T Grant Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Choosing to Not Enroll? Understanding Parents' Decision-Making in Enrolling and Not Enrolling in Head Start awarded by Department of Health and Human Services (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Collaborative Proposal: A Data-Intensive Exploration of the Links Between SES and STEM Learning Outcomes awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research - CALDER awarded by American Institutes for Research (Assistant Research Professor). 2013 to 2017

Meeting the Bar: A Propensity Score Analysis of BSF Impacts by Couples' Economic Status awarded by Department of Health and Human Services (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

The Effects of Local Job Destruction on Youth Mobility awarded by Russell Sage Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

The Timing of SNAP Benefit Receipt and Children's Academic Achievement awarded by University of California - Davis (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015