Margot Mifflin is an author, journalist, and professor who writes about women’s history and the arts. The author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo and The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, she has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Vice, Elle,  ARTnews, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She’s currently writing a cultural history of the Miss America Pageant called Looking for Miss America (Counterpoint Press).

Mifflin is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center.

A professor in the English Department of Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY), Mifflin also teaches arts criticism at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Occidental College, where she was a friend of President Obama, and has written about their college years for The New and The New York Times.

Mifflin guest-curated the 2015 exhibition “Body Electric” at Ricco Maresca Gallery and has served as an adviser for the 2017 exhibitions “Tattooed New York” at New York Historical Society, Items: Is Fashion Modern? at The Museum of Modern Art, and Tattoo at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  She lives in Nyack, New York.


Body Electric, September 2014
Bodies Electric, room 2