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.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge


The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems

Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

Farewell! Emily Bazelon on What She Will Miss About Slate.

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Sept. 16 2014 4:09 PM It’s All Connected What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.