Tressie Cottom, Ph.D.

Tressie M. Cottom, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Founders Hall

Education & CV

2015 Ph.D. in Sociology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Areas

Digital Sociology, Race, Class, & Gender, Inequality, Sociology of Higher Education

Research Interests

Digital Sociology, Sociology of Higher Education, Intersectionality


Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology. She is co-editor of two volumes on technological change, inequality, and institutions: “Digital Sociologies” (2016, UK Bristol Policy Press) and “For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education” (2017, Palgrave MacMillan). Her book “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy” (2017, The New Press) has received national and international acclaim. Professor Cottom serves on dozens of academic and philanthropic boards and publishes widely on issues of inequality, work, higher education, and technology. Visit professor Cottom's personal website for more information.

Select Publications

Cottom, T. M. (2019). Thick: And Other Essays. The New Press.

Cottom, T. M. (2019). "Rethinking the Context of Edtech". EDUCAUSE Review 54, no. 3.

Cottom, T. M. (2017). Lower ed: The troubling rise of for-profit colleges in the new economy. New Press, The.

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