Masha Gessen is the author of ten books, including The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award in 2017, and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. A New Yorker staff writer, Gessen writes and is often invited to speak on various topics, including Russia, US politics, LGBT rights, autocracy, and democracy.
After more than twenty years as a journalist and editor in Moscow, Masha Gessen has been living in New York since 2013. Gessen is a visiting professor at Amherst College and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, the Hitchens Prize, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. She is currently a New America National Fellow.