Robert Lane Greene ("Lane") is a journalist based in Berlin. He is a business and finance correspondent for The Economist, and he writes frequently about language for the newspaper and online. His book on the politics of language around the world, You Are What You Speak, was published by Random House in Spring 2011. He contributed a chapter on culture to the Economist book Megachange, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the New Republic, the Daily Beast and many other publications. He is an outside advisor to Freedom House, and from 2005 to 2009 was an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.
Greene was born in Johnson City, Tennessee and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He graduated with honors from Tulane University in 1997, receiving a B.A. in International Relations and History. On a Marshall Scholarship, he completed an M.Phil. in European Politics and Society at the University of Oxford in 1999. He is fluent in German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Danish, and conversant in Russian, Arabic and Italian. He joined The Economist in 2000, lives in Brooklyn, is married to Eva Høier Greene, and has two sons, Jack and Henry.