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