John Wills Jr

Emeritus Professor of History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1657
Office: SOS 153



  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois, 1/1956
  • M.A. East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1/1960
  • Ph.D. History and Far Eastern Languages, Harvard University, 1/1967

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1984-  
    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1972-01/01/1984  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1967-01/01/1972  
    Non-Tenure Track Appointments
    • Instructor in History, University of Southern California, 01/01/1965-01/01/1967  
    • Instructor in History, Stanford University, 01/01/1964-01/01/1965  
    Other Employment
    • Director, East Asian Studies Center and USC - UCLA Joint East Asian Studies, University of Southern California, 01/01/1990-01/01/1994  
    • Acting Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California, 01/01/1987-01/01/1989  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Wills' core research has been on China's relations with maritime Europeans from about 1500 to 1800. He has moved out from that center to long views of continuity and change in China's culture and its foreign relations, and to the varieties of the world of the 1600's.

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Associates Award For Creativity In Research And Scholarship, 2003  
    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 1995  
    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 1990  
    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 1986  

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034