Welcome to the website of Alexandra Popoff. I am an expert in Russian literature and culture and a biographer. My  latest book, a concise interpretive biography of AYN RAND, will be published by Yale University Press (Jewish Lives) in 2024.

I began my career as a journalist working in Moscow. As a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow I wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. Later I contributed essays and book reviews to The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Tablet Magazine.

I lectured in Russian literature and history before turning to literary biography . I live in Canada.

Watch my recent presentation on Vasily Grossman at Harvard’s Davis Center: