2024 New trustee Joanna Scott '82, H'09Joanna Scott ’82, H’09 is the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester. She has authored 13 works of fiction, and her accolades include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Scott’s novel, The Manikin, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and her stories have been selected for Pushcart Prize anthologies and Best American Short Stories. Her most recent books are a novel, Careers for Women, and a collection of stories, Excuse Me While I Disappear. A book of interviews and profiles, Conversations with Joanna Scott, was published by University Press of Mississippi.

Scott earned a B.A. in English from Trinity and an M.A. from Brown University. She lives in Stonington, Connecticut, and Rochester, New York, and has two daughters, Kathryn (married to Marc DiBenedetto ’13) and Alice. She met her late husband, the poet and literary critic James Longenbach ’81, while studying abroad at Trinity’s Rome Campus.