Welcome to the website of Alexandra Popoff. I am a former journalist, an expert in Russian literature and culture, and a biographer. My current project is a concise interpretive biography of Ayn Rand, commissioned by Yale University Press (Jewish Lives).

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. Over the years I contributed book reviews and essays to The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and other newspapers and outlets.

I was educated in Moscow’s Gorky Literary Institute, the University of Toronto, and the University of Saskatchewan where I also taught Russian literature and history. I live in Canada.

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