Tressie McMillan Cottom

Cindy Seip

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an award-winning author, professor, and sociologist whose work has earned national and international recognition for the urgency and depth of its incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender. Her most recent accolades include a 2020 MacArthur Foundation fellowship. She is currently an associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science; a senior faculty researcher with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Before joining the faculty at North Carolina, she was an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a researcher and public intellectual, she has appeared on Amanpour & Co., MSNBC, The Daily Show, and National Public Radio, and she testified before U.S. Senate subcommittees on student loan debt. She is also an influential voice on Twitter and co-host of Hear to Slay, a Black feminist podcast with writer Roxane Gay. McMillan Cottom’s most recent book is THICK: And Other Essays (The New Press), a critically acclaimed Amazon bestseller that situates Black women’s intellectual tradition at its center. THICK won the Brooklyn Public Library’s 2019 Literary Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in nonfiction.