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Katherine L. Hughes, Research Affiliate

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Katherine Hughes is a principal researcher with the American Institutes for Research (AIR). She has extensive experience in qualitative research; has led and managed large, multi-component research projects; and has written for and presented to varied audiences. Her work has addressed the high school-to-college transition, college readiness, dual enrollment, career and technical education, community college reforms, and two-to-four-year college transfer, among other topics.

At AIR, Dr. Hughes serves as the principal investigator for Expanding the Evidence Base for Career and Technical Education (CTE) – Research Network Lead, a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Hughes also works as an independent consultant for the Community College Research Center (CCRC), Manhattan Strategy Group, Advance CTE, and other organizations.

Dr. Hughes was previously the executive director of community college and higher education initiatives at the College Board. Prior to that, she was the assistant director for work and education reform research at CCRC, where she also served as the assistant director of the IES-funded National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR).

Hughes has published results from her work in a range of periodicals, including the Journal of College Student Retention, Community College Review, Teachers College Record, Techniques, and Phi Delta Kappan. She also co-authored the book Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform.