Masha Gessen

  1. Distinguished Professor

Masha Gessen is a staff writer for The New Yorker specializing in European/Russian life and politics, human rights, and gender studies. Gessen is the author of 11 non-fiction books, including most recently “Surviving Autocracy” (Riverhead Books, June 2020); “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia”, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction; “The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy,” a 2015 award-winning account of the Boston Marathon bombers; and “The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,” a 2012 portrait of the Russian leader that Foreign Affairs said, “shines a piercing light into every dark corner of Putin’s story.”

Gessen was appointed as Newmark J-School’s first Distinguished Professor in 2023. In addition to their appointment at J-School, they are a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. They are the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, the John Chancellor Award, the Hitchens Prize, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. After more than twenty years as a journalist and editor in Moscow, Gessen has been living in New York since 2013.