headshotJoanna Scutts is a literary critic and cultural historian, and the 2016-2017 Mellon Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New Yorker online, The Guardian US, The Nation, The Daily Beast, 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. 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.