“To learn, we have to be social”: Talking Twitter and Teaching with Tressie McMillan Cottom


Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Blogger. Writer at Slate, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Dissent, and more. Faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Prolific tweeter. Black. Feminist. Brilliant.

Tressie McMillan Cottom writes about issues of race, class, economic inequality, and gender in a way that is deep and blunt, frustrated and hopeful, and above all, smart and challenging. I talked with her about Twitter and social change, the increasing role of the digital in our lives, and why stories will always be important.

tressie cottom headshot 2015 Browse Tressie’s archives at Slate, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Dissent.

Follow Tressie on Twitter @tressiemcphd.

You’re a Twitter regular, commenting on current events, your work, your mom, the laughable expectations of people on House Hunters, and more. Does tweeting bleed back into your writing?

In many ways Twitter is…

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