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.
Provides the best estimates of the incidence of food and housing insecurity among college students with a focus on the previously overlooked population of community college students.
Discusses strategic efforts of college leaders to support students from low-income families who are unable to pay their college costs without experiencing material hardship.