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journalist , English educator

Margot Mifflin is an author who has written for The New York Times, ARTnews, Entertainment Weekly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Believer, The Village Voice, Elle Magazine and Salon.com.


Mifflin, Margot Sarah was born on September 12, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Edward Biddle Mifflin and Joan Lynne (Davis) Schloesser.


Bachelor, Occidental College, 1982. Master of Arts, New York University, 1986.


Mifflin holds an M.A. She is a professor in the English Department of Lehman College (City University of New York) and co-director of the Arts and Culture program at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her book Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, became the first history of women's tattoo art when it was released in 1997. A third edition was published in 2013.

She has lectured on tattoo history at colleges, universities and museums nationally, and appeared in the documentaries "Women and Tattoo” (MSNBC, 2001) and “Women of the Ink” (CNN, 1998).



Member National Writer's Union.


Married Mark Dery, June 20, 1993. 1 child, Thea Nicola.

Edward Biddle Mifflin Schloesser

Joan Lynne (Davis) Schloesser

Mark Dery

Thea Nicola Mifflin