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.
Doublex
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.
Moneybox
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.
Crime
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.
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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.