Historian of Russian architecture, photographer, specialist in history of Vologda Region, defender of architectural monuments, author of books and articles on the problems of preserving the architecture of the Russian North.
United States of America
William Brumfield is a contemporary American historian of Russian architecture, photographer, local historian of Vologda Region, defender of architectural monuments, author of books and articles on preserving the architecture of the Russian North. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and is Professor of Slavic Studies at Tulane University. Dr. Brumfield co-authored a fundamental monograph "A History of Russian Architecture" (1993) and many other works on the history of Russian architecture and literature.
In 2000 W. C. Brumfield was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in Humanities (History of Russia).
Dr. Brumfield is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences since 2002 and honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts since 2006.
In 2011, at the 7th All-Russian Competition of Regional Studies Literature "My Smaller Motherland," the Federal Agency of Press and Mass Communication awarded W. C. Brumfield a special diploma for "many ears of research, cultural and educational work on preserving and popularizing the cultural heritage of various regions of Russia".
In 2014 Dr. Brumfield won the Academician Likhachev Prize "for his considerable contribution to preservation of Russia's historical and cultural heritage".