Joanna Scutts is a literary critic, cultural historian, and the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. She is the author of The Extra Woman, the story of the 1930s lifestyle guru Marjorie Hillis and the lives of single women in midcentury America (available here!) She writes book reviews and features for The Washington Post, The New Republic, The New Yorker online, and The Guardian US, among many others. (Contact.)
Originally from London, she received her BA from King’s College, Cambridge and MA from Sussex University. In 2003 she moved to New York for a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, awarded in 2010 for a dissertation focused on modernism and the cultural afterlife of World War One. Joanna is a member and former board member of the National Book Critics’ Circle and is represented by Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Agency.
Portrait by Sarah Klock.