Emily Watlington is a critic, curator, and assistant editor at Art in America. 

She writes on topics including art, design, disability justice, and feminism. She is a Fulbright Scholar who 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. She has taught in the Department of Architecture at MIT. Her writing has been assigned on syallbi at universities including Oberlin, New York University,  and Harvard; has appeared in publications including ArtforumThe Baffler, MousseFrieze, and Another Gaze. It 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. In 2018, she received the Vera List Writing Prize in the Visual Arts, and in 2020, the Theorist Award from C/O Berlin (2020).