Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen
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Date of birth 13 January 1967
Place of birth Moscow, Russia
Nationality USA & Russia
Pronouns they/them[1]
Gender identity nonbinary[1]
Occupation journalist, author, translator, and activist

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist, author, translator, and activist who has been an outspoken critic of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Gessen holds both Russian and US citizenship.

Gessen writes primarily in English but also in their native Russian. In addition to being the author of several non-fiction books, they have been a prolific contributor to such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, New Statesman, Granta, Slate, Vanity Fair, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, and U.S. News & World Report. Since 2017, they have been a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2005: National Jewish Book Award for Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace[2]
  • 2012: Stora Journalistpriset (Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism), Guest of Honor[3]
  • 2013: Liberty Media Corporation, Media for Liberty award for their article "The Wrath of Putin," published in the April 2012 edition of Vanity Fair[4]
  • 2015: University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal, 24th recipient[5]
  • 2017: National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia[6]
  • 2018: Hitchens Prize [7]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 @mashagessen (23 June 2020). "I avoided the topic of pronouns for a while, but when my new book was coming out, it seemed I had to make a decision about self-presentation. I am trans*, nonbinary, so I asked to be referred to as "they." It's been an instructive few weeks" – via Twitter.
  2. "National Jewish Book Award | Book awards | LibraryThing". www.librarything.com. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  3. "About - Stora Journalistpriset". www.storajournalistpriset.se.
  4. Business Wire. "2013 Media for Liberty Award Honors Vanity Fair's "The Wrath of Putin" by Masha Gessen". Daily Finance.
  5. Committee, Wallenberg. "Masha Gessen to Receive Wallenberg Medal – Wallenberg Legacy, University of Michigan".
  6. Kellogg, Carolyn (15 November 2017). "Masha Gessen, Jesmyn Ward, Robin Benway and Frank Bidart win National Book Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "2018 Prize - Masha Gessen". The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation.