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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 am an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.
I am the author of “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profits in the New Economy”, forthcoming from The New Press in fall 2016.
I am co-editor (with Karen Gregory and Jessie Daniels) of “Digital Sociologies”, forthcoming from UK Policy Press in winter 2016.
I am also co-editor of “For-Profit U”, with Sandy Darity, currently under contract with Palgrave MacMillan.
I have two current projects, in various stages of proposal, data collection, and analysis. First is a project on technological change, classification situations (Fourcade and Healy, 2014), and racialization. A second project examines how vulnerable workers pursue non-traditional credentials like badges and bootcamp certifications.
I serve in various leadership capacities: editorial board of Contexts, the public sociology journal of the American Sociological Association, steering committee of SocArXiv, board member of DocNow (Mellon funded social media archival project focused on examining inequality); co-chair of the Sociologists for Women in Society academic justice committee, contributor at The Society Pages, and co-organizer of the American Sociological Association’s social media preconference.
I am a contributing writer at The Atlantic and contributing editor at Dissent.
You can email me at tressiemc at gmail dot com or tmcottom at vcu dot edu.
The latest version of my CV that I can manage to have at any given time can be found here: McMillan Cottom 2016 CV.