Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, will deliver the annual Brahos Political Science Lecture, “College for Baby Mommas: Race, Class, Gender and College in the New Economy,” on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Pharmacy Building Room 150 on the campus of Butler University.

Admission is free and open to the public.

McMillan Cottom’s talk will explore issues surrounding the ethical practices of for-profit institutions when it comes to poor students as well as those of color. 

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series.

McMillan Cottom is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. She is also co-editor of two academic books, Digital Sociologies and For Profit U. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in race, theory and digital sociology. More information about her and her work is available at

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