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Katharine Broton

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, University of Iowa

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About Katharine

Broton’s research focuses on poverty and inequality in higher education as well as policies and programs designed to minimize related disparities and promote college and socioeconomic success. She is best known for her work on basic needs insecurity among college students, including the recent book Food Insecurity on Campus: Action and Intervention.


Why the Time is Right to Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education

  • Sara Goldrick-Rab
  • Katharine Broton

The Problem of College Students without Reliable Housing

  • Sara Goldrick-Rab

In the News

Guest on Here & Now, Wisconsin Public Television, February 5, 2016.
Opinion: "Hungry, Homeless and in College," Katharine Broton (with Sara Goldrick-Rab), New York Times, December 4, 2015.
Opinion: "To Cut Costs, College Students are Buying Less Food and Even Going Hungry," Katharine Broton (with Sara Goldrick-Rab), The Conversation, September 25, 2015.


"Going Without: An Exploration of Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates" (with Saara Goldrick-Rab). Educational Researcher (2017).

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.

"Working for College: The Causal Impacts of Financial Grants on Undergraduate Employment " (with Sara Goldrick-Rab and James Benson ). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 38, no. 3 (2016): 477-494.
"The Dark Side of College (Un)Affordability: Food and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education" (with Sara Goldrick-Rab). Change 48, no. 1 (2016): 16-25.

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.

"Housing Instability among College Students," (with Sara Goldrick-Rab), Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education and Center for Financial Security, September 30, 2013.

Calls attention to the issue of housing insecurity among college students.

"Clearing the Path to a Brighter Future: Addressing Barriers to Community College Access and Success," (with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Christin Gates), Association of Community College Trustees and Single Stop USA, May 31, 2013.
Examines the potential of providing public benefits access to low-income community college students through a single on-campus location.