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BIO and CV

Berkman Talk 2015; Click for playback

Berkman Talk 2015; Click for playback

In Brief:

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. Millions List, a leader in publishing, named her book “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy” one of the most anticipated non-fiction books of 2016. She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy. 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, Slate, and The Atlantic to name a few.



I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in race, and digital sociology.

You can email me at tressiemc at gmail dot com or tmcottom at vcu dot edu. If you’re thinking of inviting me to your event, thank you. And this may help us both make that happen.

The latest version of my CV that I can manage to have at any given time can be found here: Tressie McMillan Cottom CV 2016-17


26 comments on “BIO and CV

  1. Walter Hamilton
    May 1, 2012

    I’m a reporter at the LA Times writing about student loans. I loved your tweet. I want to interview you for my story. Please get in touch at

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  3. Kaethe
    October 30, 2013

    I got here from John Scalzi. I’m just loving all your posts. Thanks for introducing me to “swirling”.

  4. Nisha Vida
    November 7, 2013

    you are amazing!!!

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  6. lindaleea
    February 9, 2014

    Look at Full Sail… great example of marketing to and accepting students (with loans) .

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  8. pennynewell
    February 19, 2014

    Dear Tressie,

    Thanks for these blog posts – I love the stuff about engaging as academics by working in lateral ways and across lots of platforms, and having versatile ideas.

    I am getting in touch with a question. Basically, I am co-creating an event at King’s College London, entitled, ‘Research with Reach: Valuing ideas beyond the academe’. The project has been devised to look at what we think of as a ‘third space’ between academia and mainstream arts writing – that is, exactly the space you examine here.

    Myself and my co-convenor Ella Parry-Davies have just read your blog, and wondered if you might have contacts for the UK who are thinking/blogging/working in similar ways? We unfortunately don’t have a huge budget from our funders, otherwise we’d be contacting you offering to fly you across!

    The conference will be an opportunity for a cohort of some of the brightest emerging arts and humanities thinkers in London to benefit from the perspective and expertise of professionals such as yourself.

    We’d love your input and ideas! And thanks again for this fascinating read! You can find links to me through twitter, wordpress etc etc here:


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  11. nikkiskies
    June 8, 2014

    This is my new favorite site! A critical mind, a beautiful mind…and I thank you.

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  13. Peter Freedman-Doan
    September 5, 2014

    I’ve been reading for about 6 months now. I got here by way of Elijah Anderson, Alice Goffman, and trying to think about the hows and whys and consequences of incarceration. I love the blog. I’m an old fella. I don’t Twitter. Sometimes I can follow neither the social science references to authors and ideas nor the social networking twitter stuff. Nevertheless, still love what I read here. Thanks much. I’m an old dog (soon to be 60) who loves to at least see new tricks.

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  18. talkwithcarolyn
    January 7, 2016

    Dr. Cottom, I love you! Now that I found your blog, I need to read everything you have ever written. Even your grocery list. You blow me away. Thank you for what you do and how you say it. It gives me such pride.

    • tressiemc22
      January 7, 2016

      Thank you, Carolyn. Have to warn you that my grocery list is boring. 🙂

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  23. Jennifer
    November 29, 2016

    Can I interview you for We’re a small site for writers, by writers, and we would love to ask you ten questions on your writing and researching habits! Please get in touch at

  24. Daryl Elaine Wells
    December 3, 2016

    Excellent analysis. It would be interesting to see how many times the NYT (and other sources) have used the “race card” (as in “playing the race card”). This seems to be a popular trope in rightwing media and I would love to know if the Times and other more respected media sources have adopted it as well, even if only indirectly, as in “so-and-so stated his opponent was playing the race card.” It’s a sneaky way to put pressure on journalists to ignore racism, and needs to be called out.

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