Stephen Alter is an American author, primarily of non-fiction but also of fiction, who was born and raised in India, where he grew up as the son of missionaries. His childhood was spent primarily in the small British Raj-era hill station of Landour in the Lower Western Himalaya.
He graduated from Woodstock School in Landour and subsequently from Wesleyan University.
He has taught writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the American University in Cairo. He has been awarded Fulbright Program and Guggenheim Fellowship grants.
He is married to Ameeta and has a son, Jayant and daughter Shibani.