Emily Tamkin

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Emily Tamkin
Born1990 (age 31–32)
🏫 EducationColumbia University (BA)
University of Oxford (MA)
Smolny College
💼 Occupation

Emily Tamkin is an author and journalist. She lives in Washington, DC.[1] She speaks Russian, German and some Georgian, Yiddish, and French. She learned Yiddish during the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]


Tamkin graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a degree in Russian Literature. In an article about her time there, she advised students, "...do not cry over that grade, because it doesn’t matter; do not cry over that guy, because he definitely doesn’t matter; and do not cry over your choices, because the ones you make will probably be fine, and because you will be, even if they’re not."[3]

She went on to receive a master’s degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Oxford.


Tamkin is currently the US Editor at The New Statesman, and has previously written for Buzzfeed, Foreign Policy, The Economist, Politico, Slate[4], Columbia Journalism Review. and The Washington Post[5] among others. An Eastern European specialist, she has reported on refugee integration, civil society resistance movements in Bratislava and Bucharest, and political disinformation campaigns in Slovakia.[6] Tamkin has also written about pop culture, such as artists Kesha and Carly Rae Jepsen for New America.[7]


Her first book, The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for Open Society published in 2019 with Harpers, demonstrating an expertise on the life of Hungarian billionaire philanthropist George Soros and the far-reaching impact of his financial decisions on the worlds of banking, politics, and humanitarian relief, especially exploring the concept of truly open societies with his Open Society Foundation. Tamkin addresses numerous conspiracy theories against George Soros. Kirkus Books called it "A welcome study of a man whose outsize power in the marketplace and public sphere fascinates."[8] At Press Conference USA on Voice of America Carol Castiel called the book "a great job of reviewing history from World War II to the Balkan Wars to the 1990s to present day problems." [9]


  1. "Emily Tamkin | Wilson Center". www.wilsoncenter.org. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  2. "A joyful shlep: how learning Yiddish helped me through lockdown". www.newstatesman.com.
  3. "Take Five with Emily Tamkin '12". Columbia College Today. Retrieved January 12, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Emily Tamkin". Slate Magazine.
  5. "Emily Takmin, Washington Post".
  6. "Emily Tamkin | Heinrich Böll Stiftung | Washington, DC Office - USA, Canada, Global Dialogue". Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
  7. "Emily Tamkin". New America. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  8. THE INFLUENCE OF SOROS | Kirkus Reviews. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. "Conversation with Emily Tamkin on her Book "The Influence of Soros" | Voice of America - English". www.voanews.com. Retrieved 2021-01-10.

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