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Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhD | Sociologist

Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and faculty associate with Harvard University‚Äôs Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has published on race, class, gender, education, and technology in the new economy, and she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in race, theory, and digital sociology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, Slate, and The Atlantic. Dr. Cottom is also the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, and co-editor of two volumes on technological change, inequality, and institutions: Digital Sociologies and For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education.

In her talk, Tressie explores for-profit universities as parasitic industries for underserved communities.