Joanna Scutts is a literary critic, cultural historian, and 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!) Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Guardian US, among many other venues. She was the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society, where she co-curated the multimedia interactive installation “Women’s Voices” and the gallery show “Hotbed” for the Center for Women’s History.
Originally from London, she received her BA from King’s College, Cambridge, MA from Sussex University, and 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 I. 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.