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John E. Wills Jr

Emeritus Professor of History

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



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

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  
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