Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of Lower Ed and Thick (The New Press). Her work has been featured by The Daily Show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, PBS, NPR, Fresh Air, and The Atlantic, among others. In 2020, McMillan Cottom was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

News and Reviews

Literary Hub

Chosen by Lit Hub as one of the 78 Best Book Covers of 2019

New York Public Library

Selected as one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2019


Selected as one of NPR's Best Books of 2019

The New York Times

A New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 selection


Books by Tressie McMillan Cottom

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

Tressie McMillan Cottom

And Other Essays

Tressie McMillan Cottom