Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a fellow in the MacArthur Foundation’s Class of 2020.
MacArthur Fellows are selected for their “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits,” and receive a $625,000 award, often referred to as the “Genius Grant,” distributed over five years. The foundation’s announcement described McMillan Cottom’s work as “shaping discourse on pressing issues at the confluence of race, gender, education, and digital technology. In work across multiple platforms, ranging from academic scholarship to essays and social media engagement, McMillan Cottom combines analytical insights and personal experiences in a frank, accessible style of communication that resonates with broad audiences within and outside of academia.”
In addition to her appointment with SILS, McMillan Cottom is a senior faculty researcher at Carolina’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (citap.unc.edu) and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
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