Catherine (Kate) Suffern joined Ithaka S+R as an intern during summer 2020. She is currently working with the Educational Transformation team to convene higher education in prison (HEP) stakeholders with the common goal of developing a research infrastructure to support HEP program quality, equity, and evaluation. Kate’s passion for higher education access stems from her teaching. While pursuing her PhD in English at Columbia University, Kate teaches incarcerated college students inside a women’s prison and undergraduates at Columbia. Kate holds a master’s degree in theatre performance from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and a bachelor’s degree in theatre and classics from Indiana University Bloomington. Previously, Kate worked in theatre performance and non-profit and political communications.