Edward Williams focused his research on bells and bell ringing in Russian culture. The author of The Bells of Russia: History and Technology (Princeton University Press, 1985), he recently completed the manuscript of a second study, which examines and interprets sacred and secular roles of bells in Muscovy and Imperial Russia. In addition, he has written articles on Byzantine chant. In support of his work, he has received fellowships and grants from the Fulbright program, Dumbarton Oaks, American Council of Learned Societies, National Humanities Center, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and International Indiana University. He holds an M.A. in music history and Ph.D. in medieval studies from Yale University. In the College of Arts and Architecture, he served as associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies. He retired in July 2005.