Broton's research focuses on impact of inequality, poverty in higher education

Katharine Broton smiles in a classroom

| September 25, 2017

Katharine Broton is a new Assistant Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She studies educational inequalities and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Broton’s research is centered on inequality and poverty in higher education. Her current research is about making ends meet during college and she studies students' financial aid, employment, and material well-being.  She also examines how higher education institutions serve students from moderate and low-income families. 

Broton received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for best article in an American Educational Research Association journal.  Her work has been featured in several national media outlets including The New York Times and Inside Higher Ed., and she has appeared on Wisconsin Public Television. Broton also works with college leaders, community agencies, and policy organizations to better support college student success.

“I am really looking forward to learning more about the University of Iowa and the ways in which it serves students and the citizens of Iowa through teaching, research, and learning,” says Broton.

Learn more about Broton's research.