Writer. Sociologist. MacArthur Fellow.

I write and speak around the world about inequality, higher ed, tech & culture.

For my bio, CV, high resolution images and press kit, please visit the About page

Thick and Other Essays

As featured by The Daily Show, NPR, PBS, CBC, Time, VIBE, Entertainment Weekly, Well-Read Black Girl, and Chris Hayes, “incisive, witty, and provocative essays” (Publishers Weekly) by one of the “most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism of our time” (Rebecca Traister), now in paperback

Named a top book of 2019 by TIME, New York Times Book Review, New York Public Library, Chicago Tribune, and more
Finalist, National Book Award
Winner of the 2019 Reading Women Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize

This “transgressive, provocative, and brilliant” (Roxane Gay) collection cements McMillan Cottom’s position as a public thinker capable of shedding new light on what the “personal essay” can do. She turns her chosen form into a showcase for her critical dexterity, investigating everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies.

Some Of Us Are Brave: The Archive

Here you’ll find groundbreaking and career-defining blog from Tressie the grad student through my early career days on culture, tech, higher ed and more.

The New York Times Opinion Letters

I offer a sociologist’s perspective on culture, politics, and the economics of our everyday lives. Every week, exclusively for The New York Times.

Podcast

Hear To Slay

The black feminist podcast of your dreams: compelling conversations curated the way only black women can.