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TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM
tcottom@emory.eduwww.tressiemc.com
OFFICE ADDRESS
Emory UniversityDepartment of SociologyTarbutton Hall1555 Dickey DriveAtlanta, Georgia 30322tcottom@emory.edu 
STATEMENT OF INTERESTS
 
An increasingly number and type of goods and services central to how we enact citizenship aremediated by organizations. With this understanding, my research, teaching, and publicscholarship is guided by my interest in how organizations reproduce inequality. My doctoralresearch examines how organizational arrangements like college admissions in the for-profitcollege sector. My public scholarship at Slate, The Feminist Wire, The Nation and other outlets broadly examines how social processes work in tandem with benign organizational practices toreproduce different outcomes for different groups. Future interests include how discourse and policy are shaped by organizational change in media and technology. For example, I amexamining when “racist” and “racism” became style guide violations in mass media andeuphemisms like “racially insensitive” became standard. Pedagogically, I engage contemporarycase studies of how identity, stratification, and policy responds to social change like the GreatRecession. My work often draws on intersectional frameworks of race, class, and gender.
EDUCATION
Emory University; Atlanta, GAPresent
 Ph.D. Student, Sociology
Project: “Signaling, Sorting, and Stratifying: For-Profit Colleges and the Reproduction of Inequality
GRANTS
Laney Graduate School Research Grant (2012); $2,500AERA Conference Grant (2011); $55,000
AWARDS
 Fall 2013, Graduate Fellow, The Center for Poverty Research at UC-Davis
: How has social policy shaped demand for workforce certificates in the for-profit college sector? The project will produce both a dissertation chapter and a policy paper distributed by the Center for PovertyResearch, a federally designated research think-tank housed at UC-Davis.
2013 Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from ASA
: Honorable Mentionfor paper on race, class, gender and decision-making among for-profit students.
 
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Curriculum Vitae 
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PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed
McMillan-Cottom, Tressie. (Under Review).
“What Am I ‘Sposed to Do?” Interrogating theOrganizational Structure of Admissions in the For-Profit College Sector 
 Social science and public policy understands that for-profit colleges have grown rapidlyempirical evidence to explain that growth remains inconclusive. This corporate era of expansionof high-cost, low-prestige degrees does not conform to previous higher education expansion or dominant theories of credentialism. Stratification and education literature has documented thatorganizational characteristics of institutions reveal the social processes that similarly constrainthe choices of different students differently. I participated in the enrollment process at nine for- profit colleges that represent the institutional diversity of the sector. Interviews with students,admissions counselors, and document analysis of internal institutional documents augmentfieldwork data. I find that the admissions structure of for-profit colleges is distinct, urgent, and bureaucratically simple. These characteristics appeal both to immediate financial concerns of lower-income students that are overrepresented in the for-profit sector as well as higher statusstudents seeking credentials as insurance from economic precarity.McMillan-Cottom, T & Tuchman, G. Forthcoming. “The Rationalization of Higher Education”in
 Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
eds. Scott, Robert A. and Kosslyn,Stephen M.. New York: Sage.Since roughly 1980, the rationalization of higher education has been escalating. That is, means-end schema and bureaucratic organization have become ever more dominant as the authorityover academic matters has been shifting from the professoriate to managers who in the mid-twentieth-century had been mainly responsible for economic affairs and "making things run."We conceive of the institutional field of higher education – the universe of diverse institutionsexisting within a prestige hierarchy – as existing along a spectrum of rationalization with the for- profit college organization at the extreme right. We discuss the theoretical and empiricalconditions that have increased the rationalization of higher education. We then explicate on theideal form of rationalization in higher education and put forth an agenda that builds on emergingresearch in organizations, education, and rationalization.
Invited
McMillan Cottom, T. & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2012). The Education Assembly Line: The Problemwith For-Profits.
Contexts
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(4), 14-21.McMillan-Cottom, Tressie & William Darity, Jr., eds. (forthcoming)
 For-Profit U: The Growing  Role of For-Profit Colleges in U.S. Higher Education
. Washington, DC: AERA Books.McMillan-Cottom, Tressie (under review) Working Title:
The Fix Is In: The Public Interest in For-Profit Higher Education
.
 
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Curriculum Vitae 
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Public
“Whistling Vivaldi Won’t Save You: Stereotype Threat and the Death of Jonathan Ferrell”.September 2013. Slate Magazine.“Race, Gender and Going to Class: The Color of the Public Face of For-Profit CollegeMarketing”. May 2013. The Feminist Wire.
PRESENTATIONS
Research Conclave, The Center for Poverty Research (9/13); Davis, CA; “Welfare EligibilityWhen There’s No Work: Constrained Choice of For-Profit Students in the Welfare System”.Conference, Association of Black Sociologists (8/13); New York; “Organized for Urgency: AnOrganizational Analysis of Admissions at For-Profit Colleges.”Conference, Association of Black Sociologists (8/13); New York; “We’ll Tweet Until We’reFree: Social Media and Social Movements”Conference, Southern Sociological Society (4/13); Atlanta, GA; “Stratification and For-ProfitColleges”Conference,
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association
(3/13); UNC-Greensboro; “RagingAgainst The Machine: The Case of Black Studies and The Chronicle of Higher Education”Conference,
 Latino Youth Education Conference
(11/11); Emory University; “Structure of Opportunity in Secondary Education”Conference,
 International Globalization, Diversity, and Education
(02/11); University of Washington; “Survey of Space, Place, and Educational Research”Conference,
 Humanities Spring Symposium
, NC Central University (05/09); “African AmericanWomen in Philosophy”Conference,
 Monuments and Memory: Race and History,
Duke University (06/09); “The RonaldReagan Legacy Project”Conference,
 Future of Diversity in Academia,
UNC Chapel Hill (07/09); “Buying PublicMemory: The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project”Research Presentation,
 Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality Research Conclave,
Duke University (03/10); “HBCUs As Model for the Emerging Urban University”
INVITED TALKS

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