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Katharine Broton

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Katharine Broton is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. She attained a Ph.D. and M.S. in Sociology and a B.S. in Sociology and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research broadly focuses on sociology of education, social stratification, and education policy. She uses multiple methods to examine the role of poverty and inequality in higher education as well as policies and programs designed to minimize related disparities and promote college and socioeconomic success. Her work has appeared in Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The New York Times, and Wisconsin Public Television, among others. The National Science Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and others have supported her research. She teaches graduate courses on research methods, finance in higher education, and higher education policy. Prior to academia, she worked with low-income middle and high school students in pre-college programs and as a program evaluator.


  • 2017–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Iowa


  • 2017 
    University of Wisconsin, PhD