Tressie McMillan Cottom

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

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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.


Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

View From Chicago

You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney

Or at least trade it for something.

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Terrorism, Immigration, and Ebola Are Combining Into a Supercluster of Anxiety

The Legal Loophole That Allows Microsoft to Seize Assets and Shut Down Companies

  News & Politics
Oct. 17 2014 4:21 PM Why the Poor Pay $1,400 for Old iPads #MuckReads: A weekly roundup of investigative reporting from ProPublica.
Business Insider
Oct. 19 2014 11:40 AM Pot-Infused Halloween Candy Is a Worry in Colorado
Oct. 17 2014 5:26 PM Judge Begrudgingly Strikes Down Wyoming’s Gay Marriage Ban
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 17 2014 1:54 PM Republican Midterm Debate Strategy: Be Pro-Life, But Not Anti-Abortion
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Oct. 17 2014 1:33 PM What Happened at Slate This Week?  Senior editor David Haglund shares what intrigued him at the magazine. 
Oct. 19 2014 4:33 PM Building Family Relationships in and out of Juvenile Detention Centers
Future Tense
Oct. 17 2014 6:05 PM There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 19 2014 7:30 AM Persistence Pays Off: The Smoking Trail of a Shooting Star
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PM Oh What a Relief It Is How the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.