Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.
She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy.
She is the author of “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy” (2017, The New Press). The New York Times called Lower Ed the “best book yet on the complex lives and choices of for-profit college students”.
McMillan Cottom is also co-editor of two academic books: “Digital Sociologies” from Policy Press and “For Profit U” from Palgrave MacMillan. She speaks extensively, including recent invitations to The White House, South Africa, New Zealand, and Italy.
Her public scholarship has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, Slate, and The Atlantic to name a few.