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“[Thomas J. Cottle] is a very good writer, who reminds one very much of James Agee, magically sensitive, and with a skill in rendering the poignancy of the captured moment.”

—Ashley Montagu


“Blessed with a fiction writer’s sense of significant detail, speech and incident, Cottle can put you on the black students’ bus to ‘Dunster,’ and by means of the talk, bickering and a sudden outbreak of violence, can take you closer in a few pages to the bitterness and tensions bred by this kind of integration than can any number of attitude surveys.”

—Thodore Solotaroff,
New York Times Book Review


“Thomas Cottle brings to the study of children and families the dramatic power and wisdom of the great novelist or playwright.”

—Washington Post Book World


Thomas J. Cottle
Professor of Education
Boston University
2 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617-566-6426

Articles by Thomas Cottle

Published Articles

Parsing the Secretary. ONE VOICE, in press.

Taming the Tension Between Freedom and Loyalty. Wicked Local Brookline, November 21, 2013

Witness to the Story. SCHOOLS JOURNAL., Vol. 10, No.2, Fall 2013, 143-170.

The Case of the Girl. THE ANTIOCH REVIEW, Vol. 71, Number 4, Fall, 2013, pages 715-725.

How Hospital Care Should Work. Over65. April 8, 2013,

Struggling with One's Age. Over65, The Hastings Center, March 29, 2013, 20-13.

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom. Social Work Today, 2013.

The Pilot Light. ANTIOCH REVIEW, Volume 712, number 1, Winter 2013, pages 91-100.

Mourner. Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 30, 2012 http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16954, Date Accessed: 12/4/2012.

Remembering the Liberators. THE BOSTON HERALD. November 12, 2012.

His Simple Words, SCHOOLS, Volume 9, no. 2, Fall, 2012 pages 130-131.

The Cataracts of Education. SCHOOLS, vol. 9., No. 1, Spring, 2012, pages 1-21.

A Tidy Date. G Magazine. The Boston Globe, October 18, 2010.

Held Hostage by Our Students, as Told by One of the Students. SCHOOLS JOURNAL, Fall, 2010, Volume 7, No. 2, 170-183.

Essay Book Review of Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools In Raleigh by Gerald Grant. SCHOOLS JOURNAL, Fall, 2010, Volume 7, No. 2, 287-294.

Look to the Culture. @SED, Boston University, Spring,, 2010, page.13.

Our Thoughts and Our Prayers. Antioch Review, volume 68, No. 2, Spring, 2010, pages 232-238.

No Longer Burning Bright. Newton Tab, December 21, 2009.

Salaries. Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2009.

The Power of Athletes. Teachers College Record, April 1, 2009.

March Money Madness: The Coaches vs. the Professors. The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 30, 2009.

The Apology. The Jewish Advocate, March 13, 2009, page 8.

Book Review of Loneliness as a Way Life by Thomas Dumm, and Loneliness by John Cacioppo and William Patrick Teachers College Record, March 12, 2009.

Remembering Studs. Teachers College Record Online, Teachers College Record. March 2, 2009. Reprinted April 17, 2009.

Forthcoming Articles

Beyond Self-Esteem. CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. in press.

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