About

headshotJoanna Scutts is a literary critic, cultural historian, and the current Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. She is at work on her first book, The Extra Woman, the story of the 1930s lifestyle guru Marjorie Hillis and the lives of single women in midcentury America, to be published by Liveright/Norton in 2018. She writes reviews and features for The Washington PostThe New Republic, The New Yorker online, The Guardian US, The Daily Beast, The Nation, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. (Contact her for freelance assignments.)

 Joanna was born and raised in London and 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.