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, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. She’s writing a cultural history of the Miss America Pageant under contract with Counterpoint Press.

A member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America, Mifflin is a professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Occidental College, where she was a friend of Barack Obama, and has written about their college years for The New Yorker.com and The New York Times. An independent curator/consultant, she guest-curated the 2015 exhibition “Body Electric” at Ricco Maresca Gallery and has served as an adviser on exhibitions at The New York Historical Society, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. She lives in Nyack, New York.