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Photo courtesy of Tressie McMillan Cottom. Tressie McMillan Cottom is a consummate public intellectual. She is sharply intelligent, curious, passionate, and in everything she writes and researches she is rigorous, expansive, and incisive. In her first book, Lower Ed , she examined the for-profit education industrial complex, revealing how such institutions offer the lure of education and credentialing to vulnerable populations—especially black women—while encouraging them to assume massive amounts of debt they will likely never be able to repay. In her second book, Thick , McMillan Cottom assembles a broader but just-as-incisive range of her intellectual work. In essays about how American ... Full story

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