Diana Bruk was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and emigrated to New York at the age of five. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and completed a Masters in Comparative Literature (English and Russian) at the University of Oxford. She has taught English language and literature in the Czech Republic, Russia, the UK, and the top university in China.

Her essays, short stories, scholarly articles, viral content, and features have regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, OpenDemocracy, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Country Living, Harper’s BazaarGoodHousekeeping, and many more publications.

Diana’s portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes news posts, personal essays, travel articles, reported pieces, viral content, and more. Her areas of expertise, however, are Russian-American relations and modern dating norms. 

You can follow Diana Bruk on Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and Facebook.

Selected Publications

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Russia and Russian-American Culture

Chasing NabokovSearching for Nabokov’s Unreal Estate in Russian Life
A Russian Jewish American Christmas in Guernica 
Why is Soviet literature missing in US universities? in The Paris Review 
No country for a Russian-American like me in Salon
An Open Letter To My Immigrant Father, Who Voted For Trump in OpenDemocracy
Why do Russian-Americans Hate Hillary Clinton? in OpenDemocracy 
Metro Zoo in Russian Life (cover story)
Why Russians Kinda Like Vladimir Putin in VICE 
Enjoy your Russian bathhouses in RBTH for the New York Times
Past Meets Present in Russian folk in RBTH for the New York Times
Russophobia Isn’t Just Hurting Trump–It’s Helping Putin in The Observer 
Russians Aren’t Amoral. We Just Have a Different Moral Code in The Observer 
Country Living in Russia: An Ode To Shabby Splendor in Country Living 
What Everyone Gets Wrong About “Leviathan” in Russian Life 

Dating, Sex, and Relationships 

 I love (and hate) dating Russian Men in Salon
Everything My Mother Taught Me About Rape Was Wrong in Redbook
I Went on Vacation to Mexico with a Man I’d Never Met in MarieClaire
 How I Stopped Getting Blackout Drunk in Cosmopolitan
 Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please in LadyGun
Teaching American Sex to Chinese Students in Nerve
How to Be Single in Best Life
Science Says Online Dating is Terrible for Your Mental Health in MSN 
This Is How Long Today’s Average Couple Dates Before Getting Married in MSN
Science Says Women Aren’t Interested in Flashy Men in MSN 
I Hired an Online Dating Coach and This is What I Learned in Best Life
Study Finds Online Daters Pursue People Way Out of Their League in Best Life
Science Says Netflix Is Killing Your Sex Life in MSN 
Inside a London Sex Party for the Sexual Elite in Cosmopolitan UK


Why do most Russian women hate feminism? in RBTH for The New York Times
The Feminist Approach to Body Image Is Actually Very Condescending in The Observer 
You Don’t Need to Be a “Bitch” to Be a #BossBitch in Seventeen
How Much Have Things Changed for Women in Technology? in Marie Claire 
The New Hillary DGAF Clinton Could Have Won the Election in The Observer 
Has #MeToo Gone #TooFar? in BestLifeOnline


What It’s Really Like for an American to Visit Cuba Right Now in HouseBeautiful
 In the Army Now in The Times of Israel 
Giovanni Rana’s Pasta Empire Grew From a Desire to Help Working Women in Observer


I Tried DNA Testing to Lose Weight And the Results Blew My Mind in MSN 
Distressing New Study Says Young Americans Are Plagued by Loneliness in MSN 
You Can Lose This Much Weight by Getting More Sleep in MSN 
This Sobering New Study Says You’re Probably an Internet Addict in MSN
This Is the One Thing You Should Never Do Before Bed in MSN 
I Tried Clean Sleeping for Two Weeks and It Changed My Life in MSN
I Took Yale’s Happiness Course and Here’s Everything I Learned in Best Life Online 


Full Interview with Richard Spencer’s Russian Wife in Observer 
Interview with Elizabeth Wurtzel: “Nothing’s Off the Record” in BuzzFeed
Lowe and Behold: In Conversation with Rob Lowe in Redbook
Tom Felton on Harry Potter in Seventeen
Jane Seymour Reveals Her “Disgusting” #MeToo Moment in Best Life 

Viral Content 

7 Powerful Nude Photos Show That Amputee War Veterans Are Confident And Hot in Cosmopolitan
This Twentysomething Makes $120,000 Getting Squashed By Big, Beautiful Women in Cosmopolitan
Best Boyfriend Ever Made His Girlfriend a Nimbus 2000 for Christmas in Seventeen 
Deconstructing Your Sexual Attraction to ‘Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang in Elle
This is What the Cast of “Gilmore Girls” Is Like In Real Life  in Country Living
Lol: Sean Spicer Used to Be the White House Easter Bunny in MarieClaire.com
These Hysterical Biden Memes Will Definitely Make You Feel Better in MarieClaire.com
This Instagram Account Documents the Insanely Opulent Lives of Russia’s Richest in Esquire
This Is What a Billion-Dollar Wedding Looks Like in Harper’s Bazaar
Here’s What Passengers Actually Ate on the Titanic in HouseBeautiful
23 Signs Your Jane Austen Addiction is Getting out of Hand in Buzzfeed
26 Types of English Majors in Buzzfeed
Which Classic Author is Your Soulmate in Buzzfeed

Press Appearances 

“The Scandalous Truth About Russian Men” by Natalia Antonova, Editor-in-Chief of Moscow News
My Russian Boyfriend–Dating Western Men Vs. Russian Men by Elena Petrova
“Reconciling Feminist Beliefs with Sexual Desires” Interview on Huffington Post Live
Interview on #MeToo on Russian channel ТВЦ
“What Is A Viral Content Editor?” Interview on Reynolds Journalism Institute Future Lab

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