Margot Mifflin writes about women’s history and the arts. She has been a contributing editor at Elle magazine and was a contributor at Entertainment Weekly throughout its first decade.
A member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN, she has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, ARTnews, The New Yorker.com, Bookforum, The Believer, Vogue, Vice, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
The author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo (Powerhouse Books) and The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), Mifflin has discussed her books on The Katie Couric Show, The Leonard Lopate show, and at colleges and museums nationwide. She has served as an advisor on exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, The New York Historical Society, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Mifflin is a professor in the English Department at Lehman College and a consortial professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where she teaches arts criticism.
She is currently writing a cultural history of the Miss America Competition to be published by Counterpoint Press.
She received her B.A. in English from Occidental College, where she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, and her M.A. in Journalism from New York University.