I was born in Moscow, and immigrated with my family from the Soviet Union (via Ladispoli) to the US in 1987. The photo on this page is of my grandparents' apartment on Pechatnikov pereulok, circa 2006.

We settled in Boston, MA, where I attended Boston University Academy, not long after its inception. There I was first exposed to Latin, which I loved for its rich case system (a feature it shares with my native language, Russian). Later, I attended Brandeis University, where I first learned about generative linguistics and received training from Ray Jackendoff and Joan Maling.

My legal last name is Gribanov but my publication name is Gribanova, because linguists like gender inflection.

Some family history: