Emily Tamkin

Emily Tamkin is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. Previously, she was the associate editor at New America. Her writing has appeared in The Economist and Slate, among other publications. She received her bachelor's in Russian Literature from Columbia and her master's in Russian and East European Studies from Oxford. She has conducted independent research on the topic of Soviet dissidence in Moscow, Tbilisi, and, as a Fulbright grantee, in Bremen, Germany.

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We Need to Be Honest About Who Creates Culture in America

White Americans rarely, and then only grudgingly, admit how much of popular culture has been created by black Americans.


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How Do We Know When We’ve Fallen in Love? My Informal Survey Reveals Three Big Patterns

Emily Tamkin wrote for Quartz about how—and when—we become sure we’ve fallen in love.


We Do Not Get to Blame Putin for This American Election

Vladimir Putin is doing to us what he believes we've long done to him—and getting us to react like him, too, says Emily Tamkin.


The Issue Is Not Kenya: An Open Letter to Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London’s most recent racist remarks aren’t a shocking one-off, but classism common on both sides of the Atlantic, writes Emily


Paid Leave and a Different Kind of American Exceptionalism

Here are three things the United States can learn from other nations should policymakers ever decide that it’s shameful to be the largest ec


How to Understand Divorce

As both unique and universal, according to a new book by Wendy Paris.


Why Georgians Protested for Stalin

Because, explains Emily Tamkin, that’s how cults of personality work.


Privacy in Paris (France and Texas Editions)

Here’s what Julie Brill had to say to Peter Singer and Sara Sorcher on perceptions of privacy in Europe and America.


The Danger of a Single Book

In her new book, Katherine Zoepf powerfully reworks the narrative on young women in the Arab world.


The Bipartisan Cold War

Emily Tamkin examines the one point on which critics of Russia and America agree.


Stranger than Fiction: The Power of Prose in Examining Geopolitics

We know literary fiction can make us more empathetic. Emily Tamkin wonders whether it can also raise our geopolitical awareness.


Are You Celebrating International Men's Day?

Today’s Men’s Day! Yes, really! Emily Tamkin writes on why we need to talk about men’s issues, with or without a day to commemorate them.