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Mourning the passing of faculty member Carolyn Bassett

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Apr 8, 2019

Category: News and Notices

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of faculty member Dr. Carolyn Bassett, an associate professor in the department of political science on our Fredericton campus. Carolyn died on April 2 following a battle with cancer. She was 54.

Carolyn joined the UNB community in 2008, having taught previously at York University’s Atkinson College. In addition to her teaching and research at UNB, she also served as the coordinator of the International Development Studies program. Carolyn was an accomplished academic, widely recognized for her SSHRC-funded research on the role of South African trade unions in post-apartheid policy making and knowledge production. Carolyn’s work made a unique and important contribution to debates on the relationship between labour and the state, including labour’s ability to resist economic liberalisation.

A gifted teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students, Carolyn taught courses in international development, international relations, political economy and African politics. Her innovative course on the politics of beverages had students examining the global political and economic relations involved in the production, marketing and consumption of their favourite drinks, from coffee to cola.

A committed social justice advocate, Carolyn worked for non-governmental organizations, including the Canadian Peace Alliance and the Latin American Working Group prior to joining UNB. Beyond the classroom, she was an enthusiastic hiker who enjoyed travel, snorkeling and hip-hop dance.

Carolyn was vivacious, strong-spirited and, to the very end, unfailingly generous in sharing her time and expertise with students and colleagues. She touched the lives of many people in the UNB community, who will fondly remember her keen wit and intellect and miss her as a caring and respected colleague, mentor, teacher and friend.

Support services are available for those affected by Carolyn’s passing. Faculty and staff can access counselling services by calling 1-844-880-9143. Counselling services are available for students by calling 453-4820 in Fredericton or 648-2309 in Saint John.

A tribute to Dr. Bassett’s life can be found at, where there is a guestbook for those who wish to share their remembrances. A celebration of her life is planned in May 2019. We will share details when these are available. Flags will be lowered on our Saint John and Fredericton campuses on Wednesday in her honour.

Please join me in offering our deepest condolences to Carolyn’s family, especially her husband Andrew Goodman and mother Norma Bassett, and to her friends, colleagues and students. Carolyn will be truly missed.


Eddy Campbell

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