Alison Hilton grew up in Connecticut, USA, and earned her B.A. degree at Vassar College, where she majored in Art and minored in Greek. At Columbia University, for M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees she concentrated on modern art with Northern Renaissance and Russian art as minors, and she took part in the emerging feminist art movement in New York. With an exchange fellowship for dissertation research at Leningrad State University she became friends with museum curators, scholars, and artists, and kept in touch during many later research trips. Her publications are mainly about 1nineteenth-century Russian realism and impressionism, the early twentieth avant-garde, women artists, and gender issues, non-conformist art of the late Soviet period, and Russian folk art. At Georgetown University, she taught European, American, and Russian art history, served as department chair, and founded the museum studies program.