Jo Livingstone

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Alma mater
  • New York University
  • University of Oxford
OccupationLiterary Critic

Jo Livingstone (formerly Josephine Livingstone[1]) is a British literary critic who publishes primarily in American venues.[2] They are the former staff writer for culture at The New Republic and one of the eight writers of a letter to the New York Times complaining of anti-trans bias that was signed by over 1000 contributors to the Times.[3] [4] [5] [6] As of 2023, they publish the blog The Stopgap with Daniel M. Lavery .[7] [8]

Early life and education

ivingstone received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford in 2010 and a PhD from New York University in medieval literature in 2015.[9]

Awards and recognition

Livingstone received the 2017 Newswomen's Club of New York's Front Page Award for opinion writing[10] and the 2020 National Book Critics' Circle's Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing.[11] [12]


Livingstone wrote cultural criticism for The New Republic between 2017 and 2022.[13] [14]


  1. Staff, Harriet (2 July 2023). "New Yorker Dons the 'Pearl'". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  2. Scarborough King, Rachel (14 March 2019). "Public Thinker: Jo Livingstone on the Critics' Voice". Public Books. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  3. Yurcaba, Jo (16 February 2023). "N.Y. Times contributors and LGBTQ advocates send open letters criticizing paper's trans coverage". NBC.
  4. Wang, Esther (15 February 2023). "New York Times Writers Call Out the Paper's Anti-Trans Onslaught". Hellgate. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  5. Oladipo, Gloria (18 February 2023). "Nearly 1,000 contributors. protest New York Times' coverage of trans people's lives". The Guardian.
  6. Lehrer, Brian. "The Issue With the New York Times on Trans Issues". WNYC.
  7. Hazard Owen, Laura. ""A stately pleasure barge of a site": For people who miss websites, there's a new blog in town". Nieman Lab. Harvard University.
  8. Lindsay, Kate (3 May 2023). "Daniel Lavery and Jo Livingstone on bringing blogging back". Embedded. Substack. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  9. Scarborough King, Rachel (14 March 2019). "Public Thinker: Jo Livingstone on the Critics' Voice". Public Books. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  10. "Front Page Award Winners 2017". Newswomen's Club of New York. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  11. Beer, Tom. "National Book Critics Circle Presents Awards". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  12. Pineda, Dorany (25 January 2021). "Here are the finalists for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards". Los Angeles Times.
  13. Livingstone, Jo. "Livingstone Author Page". The New Republic. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  14. Fedorov, Andrew. "The New Republic's Pendulum of Power Swings Back to the Beltway". The Fine Print. Retrieved 2 July 2023.

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