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Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science and senior research fellow with the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author, most recently, of Thick: And Other Essays.


Sep 13, 2017

Artificial Intelligence "Gaydar"

Tressie McMillian Cottom examines a recent public debate about a new research article on AI


The New York Times

The Danger in White Moderates Setting Biden’s Agenda

Tressie McMillan Cottom says the new president will be inclined to do less. He must be pushed to do more.

Nov 7, 2020
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Tressie McMillan Cottom on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Tressie McMillan Cottom joined The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on election night to discuss early election results, American politics, and the electoral college.

Nov 3, 2020
MacArthur Foundation

Tressie McMillan Cottom and Mary Gray receive 2020 MacArthur Fellowships

Faculty associates receive “genius grants” for “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.”

Oct 6, 2020

What's College Without A Campus?

Tressie McMillan Cottom on the state of higher education

Jul 17, 2020

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom: Raising Really Good Hell for People Who Cannot

The sociologist speaks on owning her authority, taking black women seriously, and how she shaped her trenchant new essay collection, Thick

Mar 20, 2019
New York Times

“Thick” by Tressie McMillan Cottom is sure to become a classic of black intellectualism

"Thick" is sure to become a classic of black intellectualism

Feb 12, 2019

The author you need to read now: Tressie McMillan Cottom

In her new book “Thick: And Other Essays," Berkman Klein Faculty Associate Tressie McMillan Cottom tackles topics ranging from poverty, to race, to healthcare.

Jan 11, 2019


Oct 20, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Two Geniuses Walk into a Zoom

Podcast & Video: A Conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom & Mary L. Gray

Podcast & Video: Tressie McMillan Cottom & Mary L. Gray discuss their latest work in relation to their recent MacArthur Fellows award.

Jun 23, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

with the author, Berkman Klein Center Faculty Associate Tressie McMillan Cottom

A former insider discloses the story behind for-profit schools to explain the exorbitant price tags, the questionable credentials, and the lose-lose options for Americans seeking…

Jul 29, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains

Tressie (McMillan) Cottom, Microsoft Research & PhD Student, Sociology, Emory University

How do we map and measure inequality in digital domains?" "What does the social in 'social media' mean for sociology?