Robert C. Williams

Co-founder

Robert WilliamsRobert C. Williams retired in the spring of 2003 as Vail Professor of History at Davidson College, where he served for twelve years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Dr. Williams is the author of numerous articles and books on Russian history, including Ruling Russian Eurasia: Khans, Clans, and Tsars; Russian Art and American Money, 1900-1940 (nominated by Harvard University Press for the Pulitzer Prize); Klaus Fuchs: Atom Spy; and Russia Imagined: Art, Culture, and National Identity, 1840-1995. His articles and book reviews have appeared in the Slavic Review, History and Theory, Canadian Slavonic Studies, and American Historical Review.

Dr. Williams has been an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the American Historical Association. He has received grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Dr. Williams taught at Williams College and Washington University in St. Louis, where he was chair of the History Department and dean of University College. At Davidson, he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service and teaching. Dr. Williams is a graduate of Wesleyan University and earned his MA in Russian studies and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.