My research examines organizations, race, and inequality. My current project on for-profit colleges, race, gender, and class contributes to a growing literature on stratification and higher education. I examine the stratified processes that deliver the most vulnerable students into the most expensive, least prestigious, and most contested sector of higher education. Future interests include a comparative organizational study of education and work-life benefits and a discourse analysis of the construction of racism in new media. I teach stratification, sociology of education, race/ethnicity and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate level.
McMillan Cottom, Tressie. “Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains”. Paper presented at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. July 29, 2014. Online <PDF> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/07/cottom
“Call Now and Start Soon” as Embedded Motivation: A Conceptual Model for Institutional Differentiation and Stratification in the For-Profit College Sector (Under Review)
“Rationalization of Higher Education” Lead author with Gaye Tuchman. In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Forthcoming) eds. Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn.
Social Media Strategies at Injury Prevention Non-Profits
A New Classification Scheme for For-Profit Institutions
4profits R Us
She Ain’t Got No Teeth: Renderings of Positivist Science, Technology and the Sociological Imagination Using Ethnography as Pedagogical Process and Product
Are For-Profit Colleges A Black Thing? Credential-Seeking Logics in the Matrix of Domination and Self-Selection into For-Profit Colleges
“Who The Fuck Do You Think You Are?” Academic Engagement, Microcelebrity and Digital Sociology from the Far Left of the Matrix of Domination
Micro-Power: Inequality Regimes, Micro-blogging and the Political Economy of Social Media
Education Assembly Line: The Trouble With For-Profits
Lead editor (with William Darity Jr.) of “ForProfit U: Profit, Stratification and the Future of For-Profit Colleges and Universities in U.S. Higher Education”. Forthcoming from AERA Publications.
Reading Hick-Hop: The Shotgun Marriage of Hip Hop and Country Music
Gray, M. L. (2014). When Science, Customer Service, and Human Subjects Research Collide. Now What?. Ethnography Matters.
Streeby, S. (2014). Speculative Archives: Histories of the Future of Education. Pacific Coast Philology, 49(1), 25-40.
Tuchman, G. (2014). A Radical Administrator Confronts the Possibilities in the New University. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 43(1), 55-57.
Weissinger, S. E. (2014). Special Editor’s Introduction: On Being a Professor, Part I. Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal, 4(1), i-iii.