Dr. Van Dusen has been with BASIS.ed schools since 2014. She joined BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in 2015 as a Latin and Classics teacher, and enjoys playing a role in educating this highly motivated and intelligent body of students.
Dr. Van Dusen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology degree from Buffalo State College and Master of Arts degree in Classics and Doctor of Philosophy in Classics degrees from the University of Buffalo. She loves teaching Latin and ancient culture and is very passionate about Italian archaeology. She lived and carried out research in Italy for three years, holding the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome in 2008. Since 2009, she has been supervising excavations at the Italian archaeological field school at Pietrabbondante (Molise, Italy) in the Central Appennines where she also trained college students in archaeological field methods.
Dr. Van Dusen is a dedicated advocated for animal rights, having participated in numerous actions aimed at protecting the welfare of animals. She enjoys spending her free time predominantly outdoors, especially hiking, and loves to explore the beautiful landscapes of California.