I’m an award-winning journalist in Madison, Wisconsin, focusing on factory farming and the criminalization of activists who fight it. I work as an editor for Vox's Future Perfect section, where we cover the world's big moral and technological problems, from global poverty and pandemics to animal agriculture. 

I’ve written for The GuardianThe New York Times, The Intercept, and lots of other places. I love ideas-driven stories that have something to say about the world beyond their news peg. 


I used to be an editor for Harvard Magazine, where I wrote and edited features, book reviews, and news. Before that, I wrote for the editorial boards of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Toledo Blade and edited the opinion page of The Harvard Crimson. 

I dance bhangra and Bollywood, but not very well; please assign me a story about it instead! (Update: this dream finally came true.)

Contact me at marina.bolotnikova@vox.comI love hearing from readers! I'm on a Twitter break, so you won't find me there for now, but I'm attempting to learn Instagram at @mbolotnikova.

Last updated November 2022


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