Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Dissent, and is a former columnist at Slate and contributing writer at The Atlantic. Her research has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network's Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. She is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.
Why Me?: On Tressie McMillan Cottom’s “Thick: And Other Essays”
In “Thick,” black womanhood unites all the essays, yet Tressie McMillan Cottom is not interested in making simple generalizations from her own experience....