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Sara Goldrick-RabSara Goldrick-Rab is associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at UW-Madison. She is also the Senior Scholar at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.  A sociologist of higher education, her research explores policies aimed at reducing socioeconomic and racial inequalities. Dr. Goldrick-Rab was named a 2010 William T. Grant Scholar for her project "Rethinking College Choice in America." She was also a 2004 Rising Scholar in Higher Education by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and a 2006 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow.  She is the co-author of Putting Poor People to Work: How the Work-First Idea Eroded College Access the Poor (Russell Sage, 2006), which was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills award.  Her research has been published in journals such as Sociology of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and been financially supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, William T. Grant Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Association for Institutional Research, and the Mellon Foundation.  She consults regularly with the Center for American Progress, the Brookings Institution, the Community College Research Center, Mathematica Policy Research, the Workforce Strategy Center, and the Consortium for Chicago School Research, among others. Dr. Goldrick-Rab holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.. Download photo