Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is the author, most recently, of The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award in nonfiction in 2017, the NYPL’s Helen Bernstein Aaward, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books include The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, and the international bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Gessen is also the co-editor, with Joseph Huff-Hannon, of the anthology Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories. Born in Moscow, Gessen immigrated to the United States in her teens and then returned to Russia a decade later. After 20 years in Moscow, Gessen relocated to New York City in 2013. Writing in both English and Russian, Gessen has covered every major development in Russian politics and culture of the past two decades. Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker and has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report (for which Gessen served as Moscow Bureau Chief), Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Granta, and Slate, among others. Gessen also provided translation for the FX drama The Americans. Gessen is a visiting professor at Amherst College and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. Gessen joined the PEN America Board in 2014.