Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges. After experiencing the kinds of choices students faced, she left the for-profit educational sector to go study it in graduate school. She is now an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a columnist for Slate and an online contributor to the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and is quite fond of Dolly Parton, fancy coffee, brunch, nineties hip-hop, bacon, and the Delta blues. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press).

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NPR

An interview with Tressie McMillan Cottom on NPR's blog, "nprEd."

NPR

Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses for-profit colleges and Lower Ed in an interview with NPR's "Marketplace."

WNYC

Author Tressie McMillan Cottom appears for a radio interview on WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show."

The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Book Review reviews Tressie McMillan Cottom's Lower Ed.

Books by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Lower Ed
The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

Tressie McMillan Cottom