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. 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. She is also the co-editor, with Joseph Huff-Hannon, of the anthology Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories. Born in Moscow, she emigrated to the United States in her teens and then returned to Russia a decade later. After 20 years in Moscow, she relocated to New York City in 2014. Writing in both English and Russian, she has covered every major development in Russian politics and culture of the past two decades. She 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 she 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. She 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. She joined the PEN America Board in 2014.