Title: Professor (Retired)
Company: Columbia University
Location: New York, New York, United States
Richard Williams Bulliet, a Retired Professor from Columbia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history.
When Dr. Bulliet was in high school, he took pride in knowing facts that his teachers didn’t know. He considered himself a collector of information, the more unusual the better. This interest carried over to college; he decided to pursue Arabic medieval history because that was the most obscure subject he could find. It really piqued his interest, and he ended up graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962, a Master of Arts in 1964, and a PhD in 1967.
Degrees in hand, Dr. Bulliet joined his alma mater as an instructor from 1967 to 1970 and as an assistant professor from 1970 to 1973. He briefly moved to the West Coast between 1973 and 1975 to become a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, but he returned to the East Coast in 1976 to become an associate professor of history at Columbia University. Dr. Bulliet was promoted to professor in 1979, and he held the role until his retirement in 2015. Notably, between 1975 and 1976, he was a Guggenheim fellow.
Over the years, Dr. Bulliet became well-known for his knowledge of the history of middle Islam, the history of domestic animals, the history of technology, and world history. To connect with his peers outside the classroom, he published a number of books, novels, and articles. Some of his most notable works include “Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period,” “Islam; The View from the Edge,” “Kicked to Death by a Camel,” “The Tomb of the Twelfth Imam,” “The Case for Islam-Christian Civilization,” and “The Camel and the Wheel,” which won the prestigious Dexter prize. Dr. Bulliet also served as the co-author of “The Earth and Its Peoples,” the co-editor of “The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East,” and the editor of “The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century,” the Journal of Iranian Studies, The Wheel, and Cotton, Climate, and Canals, as well as the host and narrator of the documentary TV series, “The Middle East.” Looking to the future, he hopes to finish the two books he is currently working on.
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