headshotJoanna Scutts is a literary critic and cultural historian. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New Yorker online, The Guardian, The Nation, Lapham’s Quarterly online, and The Wall Street Journal. Her interests in literature, 20th century history, cities, war, and feminism come together in her book-in-progress The Extra Woman, which tells the story of an unjustly forgotten 1930s lifestyle guru, Marjorie Hillis, and single women in midcentury America. Joanna received her BA from King’s College, Cambridge, a master’s degree from Sussex University, and her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2010, with a dissertation focused on modernism and the cultural memory of World War One. She has taught at Columbia, SUNY-Purchase, and at NYU’s Gallatin School, and she is the founder of the modern literary salon Common Readers. Joanna is a current board member of the National Book Critics’ Circle and is represented by Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Agency


Portrait by Sarah Klock.