Amy Knight was born in Chicago in 1946. She gained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the University of Michigan. She went on to gain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Russian politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1977. She taught at the LSE, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and at Carleton University. She also worked for eighteen years at the U.S. Library of Congress as a specialist in Russian and Soviet affairs. Knight also writes for The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and The Globe and Mail.
In 1993–94, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
She and her husband Malcolm have three children.
- Knight, Amy (1990). The KGB: Police and Politics in the Soviet Union. Unwin Hyman. ISBN 978-0-04-445718-3.
- Knight, Amy (1995). Beria: Stalin's First Lieutenant. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-01093-9.
- Knight, Amy (1997). Spies without Cloaks: The KGB's Successors. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-01718-1.
- Knight, Amy (2000). Who Killed Kirov?: The Kremlin's Greatest Mystery. Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0-8090-9703-6.
- Knight, Amy (2007). How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-1938-9.
- Knight, Amy (2017). Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-250-11934-6
- Clibbon, Jennifer (July 14, 2010). "Why is Russia still planting 'sleeper' agents abroad?". CBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- Lloyd, John (March 19, 2000). "The Logic of Vladimir Putin". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- Sheppard, J. (December 4, 2007). "Amy Knight on Putin, Russia's democratic future". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
- Carney, James (December 17, 1990). "Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev's New Best Friends". TIME. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- "Russian Entrepreneurial Spirit Steals Into Secret Spy Archives". The New York Times. July 11, 1993. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- Kaplan, Fred (August 13, 1994). "Mass grave found near Moscow Zoo". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- Finder, Joseph (June 9, 1996). "By Any Other Name". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- Fitzpatrick, Sheila (September 12, 1999). "Stalin. In the Hall. With the Revolver.". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2011.