Vladimir Alexandrov received a Ph. D. in comparative literature from Princeton. He taught Russian literature and culture at Harvard before moving to Yale, where he is now B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His teaching and scholarship focus on Russian literature and culture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has written books on Andrei Bely, Vladimir Nabokov, and Leo Tolstoy, and published numerous articles on various other Russian writers and topics. His new book, The Black Russian, was published by Grove/Atlantic in March 2013.