Portrait of Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom

‘Being too much of one thing and not enough of another had been a recurring theme in my life. I was, like many young women, expected to be small so that boys could expand and white girls could shine. When I would not or could not shrink, people made sure that I knew I had erred.’

Tressie McMillan Cottom is a cultural critic and assistant professor of sociology, teaching race/ethnicity, contemporary theory, sociology of higher education and digital sociology. Her first book, Lower Ed, examined the for-profit education industrial complex. She is most recently the author of Thick, a rigorous and expansive collection of essays. Along with Roxane Gay, she is the co-host of Hear To Slay, providing listeners with incisive reads on politics and popular culture: a self-styled ‘black feminist podcast of your dreams’.