Nicole Deterding earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University. Her work examines the relationship between education and the labor market for disadvantaged students. She is particularly interested in the role of the growing for-profit sector in educating returning students, which she examined in her dissertation, entitled “Start, Start Again: The College Pathways of Economically-Vulnerable Mothers.” Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Nicole worked on large implementation and impact studies of higher education interventions as a Research Associate at The Urban Institute and earned a Master’s Degree in Education Policy Studies from The George Washington University. Nicole’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation IGERT Program, The RISK Project, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Nicole will be a fellow at OPRE-ACF beginning in September of 2015 and will be mentored by Sara Goldrick-Rab.