Stephen DesJardins is the Marvin W. Peterson Collegiate Professor of Education, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He is also affiliated with the University College-London. Steve teaches courses related to public policy, economics, and the financing of postsecondary education, statistical methods, and institutional research and policy analysis. His recent research interests focus on the effects of student loans on life-course outcomes and the evaluation of education programs in a variety of institutions and states. Prior to joining the faculty ranks, he worked for 13 years as an institutional researcher and also worked in market research in the private sector. DesJardins received a BS in economics from Northern Michigan University, an MA in policy analysis and labor economics from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota), and a PhD in higher education, also from Minnesota.