Tolani Britton

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education

Tolani Britton uses quasi-experimental methods to explore the impact of policies on students’ transition from secondary school to higher education as well as access and retention in higher education. Recent work explores whether the disproportionate increase in incarceration of Black males for drug possession and manufacture increased gaps in college enrollment rates by race and gender over two time periods: after the passage of the Anti-Drug Act from 1986–1993 and after the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act from 1995–2000. Prior to earning her doctorate, Britton worked as a high school math teacher and college counselor in New York City public schools and as a policy analyst for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. Her scholastic credentials include a M.A. in economics from Tufts University, a M.A. in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and French literature from Tufts University.