Nicole Deterding was a National Poverty Fellow at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation from 2015 to 2017 and was mentored by IRP Affiliate Sara Goldrick-Rab. 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. Deterding is currently a Senior Social Science Research Analyst at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families.