Alexandra Popoff, author and scholar, was born in Moscow into a family of Russian Jews. Upon graduating from the Gorky Literary Institute in 1982 she worked as a writer and editor at the Literary Gazette. In 1991, as an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow, she wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. Popoff holds two graduate degrees in literature from the University of Toronto and University of Saskatchewan, where she has also taught. Alexandra Popoff is the author of three literary biographies, among them The Wives: Women behind Russian Literary Giants, and the forthcoming Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century (Yale University Press, March 2019). She has lived in Canada since 1992.