About

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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, include Russian-American relations, experimental dating, travel culture, and the complex nature of feminism and female desire. 

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

Selected Publications

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PERSONAL ESSAYS 

 I love (and hate) dating Russian Men in Salon
 Searching for Nabokov’s Unreal Estate in Russian Life
A Russian Jewish American Christmas in Guernica 
No country for a Russian-American like me in Salon
Everything My Mother Taught Me About Rape Was Wrong in Redbook
An Open Letter To My Immigrant Father, Who Voted For Trump in OpenDemocracy
I Went on Vacation to Mexico with a Man I’d Never Met in MarieClaire
How I Stopped Getting Blackout Drunk in Cosmopolitan
Why I Regret Choosing to Attend Prestigious Universities in Seventeen
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please in LadyGun

TRAVEL & CULTURE    

Why is Soviet literature missing in US universities? in The Paris Review 
What It’s Really Like for an American to Visit Cuba Right Now in HouseBeautiful
Inside a London Sex Party for the Sexual Elite in Cosmopolitan UK
Metro Zoo in Russian Life (cover story)
Why do most Russian women hate feminism? in RBTH for The New York Times
You Don’t Need to Be a Bitch to Be a #BossBitch in Seventeen
Why Russians Kinda Like Vladimir Putin in VICE 
Russophobia Isn’t Just Hurting Trump–It’s Helping Putin in The Observer 
Why do Russian-Americans hate Hillary Clinton? in OpenDemocracy 
In the Army Now in The Times of Israel 
10 British Millenials Explain Why They Voted Leave Or Remain in Harper’s Bazaar
The Feminist Approach to Body Image Is Actually Very Condescending in The Observer 
How Much Have Things Changed for Women in Technology? in Marie Claire 
Enjoy your Russian bathhouses in RBTH for the New York Times 
Past Meets Present in Russian folk in RBTH for the New York Times
Country Living in Russia: An Ode To Shabby Splendor in Country Living 
Teaching American Sex to Chinese Students in Nerve

REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

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
Giovanni Rana’s Pasta Empire Grew From a Desire to Help Working Women in Observer
Tom Felton Reveals What Really Happened Between Him and Emma Watson on the Harry Potter Set in Seventeen
“Freedom Graffiti Art in Russia and Syria” in site95 (02.03)
Review of Jurassic Park in 3D in CMC
Review of Iceman in CMC
What Everyone Gets Wrong About “Leviathan” in Russian 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
This Mash-Up of Dance Scenes Set to “Uptown Funk” Is Your New Favorite Video 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
These Love Notes Between 2 Neighbors Are The Height of Romance in Woman’s Day
Why Everyone Slamming Taylor Swift’s Love Life Need to Stop Right Now in Seventeen
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

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES 

“To Dream or not to Dream: The Philosophical Quandary of Platonov’s ‘The Foundation Pit'” in The Birch

PRESS APPEARANCES/ARTICLES ABOUT DIANA 

“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
“What Is A Viral Content Editor?” Interview on Reynolds Journalism Institute Future Lab
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