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My research studies how we learn for how we work in the new economy. That includes examining academic capitalism, labor market correspondence, alternative (for-profit) credentialing, online education, and the role of digital medias. (Preferred citation = “McMillan Cottom, Tressie” but as you can see it is all over the place.)


Cottom, Tressie McMillan. “The University and the Company Man.” Dissent 61, no. 2 (2014): 42-44.

Cottom, Tressie McMillan and Gaye Tuchman. Forthcoming. ‘‘The Rationalization of Higher Education in the United States’’ in Scott, Robert A. and Stephen M. Kosslyn, eds., Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

McMillan Cottom, Tressie. 2015. “Who Do You Think You Are”: When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity”. ADA Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology vol. 7.  

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>

McMillan Cottom, Tressie. 2016. “Brown Body, White Wonderland” in Anderson, Margaret L. and Patricia Hill Collins, eds., Race, Class and Gender 9th edCengage Publishing.

McMillan Cottom, Tressie. 2014. “Why Do Poor People ‘Waste’ Money on Luxury Items?” in Mick, Connie Snyder, ed., Poverty/Privilege: A Reader for Writers. Oxford Books.

McMillan-Cottom, Tressie. “Mitigating concerns and maximizing returns: social media strategies for injury prevention non-profits.” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine 15, no. 5 (2014): 582.

Neem, Johann N., Brenda Forster, Sheila Slaughter, Richard Vedder, Tressie McMillan Cottom, and Sara Goldrick-Rab. “The Education Assembly Line.” Contexts 11, no. 4 (2012): 14-21.

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.


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