Emily Watlington is a critic, curator, and assistant editor at Art in America. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has taught in the Department of Architecture at MIT.

She writes on topics including art, design, disability justice, and feminism. She holds a SMArchS in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT, and has given talks at a number of institutions including the University of California, Berkeley; Rhode Island School of Design; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Harvard University; and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Her writing has been assigned on syallbi at universities including Oberlin, NYU,  and Harvard; has appeared in numerous publications including ArtforumThe Baffler, MousseFrieze, and Another Gaze; and has been translated into German, French, and Croatian. Recently, she contributed to the exhibition catalogues Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995, Sheida Soleimani: Medium of Exchange, and An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art. She received the Vera List Writing Prize in the Visual Arts (2018) and the Theorist Award from C/O Berlin (2020).