Tressie McMillan Cottom
Published September 22, 2015
Updated April 15, 2021

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a senior research fellow at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life (UNC); associate faculty at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center; and 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Her research examines racial capitalism in platform economies and what she calls “hustleprenuership.”

McMillan Cottom is the author of the collection Thick: And Other Essays (2019), a finalist for the National Book Award, and Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (2018).

Expertise: For-profit higher education, digital inequalities, platform economies, Black women’s issues, the gig economy

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Twitter: @tressiemcphd

Heard in Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Luncheon Series:
Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains

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