Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Broton studies educational inequalities with a focus on higher education. She is particularly interested in the role of education institutions in promoting social mobility. Her current research includes a multi-method study of students' experiences of material hardship during college; how higher education institutions make sense of and respond to students who lack basic needs; and policy perspectives on this growing subgroup of college students. Her work has been supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Lumina and Kresge Foundations.