Tressie McMillan Cottom

Finalist, 2019 National Book Awards

Tressie McMillan Cottom (Chair) is a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, New York Times columnist, and 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Recent accolades include being named the 2023 winner of Brandeis University’s Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize.
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Thick: And Other Essays

ISBN 9781620974360 The New Press

In eight highly praised treatises on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—is unapologetically “thick”: deemed “thick where I should have been thin, more where I should have been less,” McMillan Cottom refuses to shy away from blending the personal with the political, from bringing her full self and voice to the fore of her analytical work. More about this book >

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom (Chair) is a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, New York Times columnist, and 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Recent accolades include being named the 2023 winner of Brandeis University’s Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. McMillan Cottom’s most recent book, Thick: And Other Essays, won the Brooklyn Public Library’s 2019 Literary Prize and was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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