Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is a Slate writer and Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Emory University. Follow her on Twitter.

Counter Narrative
Jan. 24 2014 5:29 PMThe New Old Labor CrisisThink being an adjunct professor is hard? Try being a black adjunct professor. 
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Jan. 3 2014 6:56 PMDavid Brooks’ Polluted “Moral Ecology”A privileged white man professes remorse for smoking pot. But it’s not privileged whites who would pay for his sins.
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Dec. 3 2013 11:23 AMWhen Students Are Treated Like Customers, Racism and Sexism Win Out
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Nov. 7 2013 4:25 PMWhen Should an Academic Write for Free?Scholars should demand respect for their work. That doesn’t always mean demanding payment.
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Oct. 17 2013 8:17 AMFailure Is UnderratedOur obsession with graduation rates undermines the true value of community colleges.
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Sept. 23 2013 11:38 AMRedefining the “Typical” College StudentThey’re older, busier, have more responsibilities. Higher-ed reform should reflect their needs.
Aug. 29 2013 8:04 AMBrown Body, White WonderlandTo celebrate herself, Miley Cyrus used other women’s bodies as a joke—women who look like me.
Aug. 15 2013 12:29 PMLet’s Stop Condescending to For-Profit College StudentsWe snark at those who don’t reach “real college.” But they’ve surmounted huge obstacles to get as far as they have.
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Jan. 23 2014 6:58 PMRaising the Floor, Not Just the CeilingTo reform higher ed, we need a federal job guarantee.
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Dec. 26 2013 11:38 PM2013: The Year America Went Back to CollegeWhy was the media so obsessed with higher ed this year?
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Nov. 20 2013 4:54 PMWe’ve Lost Track of What Student Financial Aid Is For
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Oct. 31 2013 12:12 PMNo, Rising College Enrollment Is Not a Sign of an Improving EconomyIt might actually be the opposite.
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Oct. 4 2013 1:54 PMShutdown in the ClassroomThe bottlenecking of WIC, Head Start, and federal aid will hit many students surprisingly hard.
Sept. 20 2013 8:18 AMWhistling Vivaldi Won’t Save YouThe shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell reminds us of the heavy toll of stereotype threat.
Aug. 21 2013 3:20 PMA Bechdel Test for Higher-Ed “Disruption”Five rules for a better conversation about how to fix a broken system.


The World

The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse

An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Can Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu Pull Off One More Louisiana Miracle?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Oct. 23 2014 11:51 AM It Seems No One Is Rich or Happy: I Looked
The Eye
Oct. 23 2014 12:48 PM Track Your Bag and Charge Your Phone With This Carry-On Smart Suitcase
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 12:01 PM Who Is Constantine, and Should You Watch His New Show?
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.