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See Me In Action: Talks, Media, and More

I have spoken in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa about a range of issues stemming from my research and public sociology: higher education, digital inequalities, race/class/gender, and media.


My latest is on NPR’s Marketplace, “How education changed because of welfare reform”. It was a great experience. Wonderful producers with sharp, deep analysis. It shows in the episode. The title is driving me a little crazy, though. 🙂 “How welfare reform changed education” might be better.

And, the VCU News Center was kind enough to talk to me about racism, police violence, and implicit racial violence.

That interview came after one I did with an Ohio NPR affiliate on a similar subject.

And, my new research project on how those in the informal economy think about credentialing informed my comments in a recent Washington Post article.

My forthcoming book, “Lower Ed” was named to Millions’ list of the “most anticipated non fiction books of 2016″.


Berkman Talk  on Inequality Regimes and the Digital; 2015; Click for playback


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Tressie McMIllan Cottom, Opening Keynote, ICDE UNISA 2015, South Africa. Click for video playback


I have also appeared on television and radio speaking most frequently about my work on for-profit higher education.

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On NPR discussing the viability of “free college” proposals during 2016 presidential election. (2016). Click for playback.

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On NPR discussing racialization of marijuana offenses  + education access. (2015)  Click for playback.

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On “Dan Rather Reports” discussing for-profit higher education (2013). Click for playback.


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I have consulted with and lectured at traditional higher education institutions on issues of diversity and the political economy educational change.


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“MOOCs and For-Profit Colleges: A Closer Look” at the University of California Irvine Humanities Center. (2013). Click for playback.


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