Scholar in American History/Cultural Studies, University of Kent

John Wills is Reader in American History and Culture at the University of Kent. He works on American popular culture (especially video games, film, Disney, and amusement parks) as well as US environmental issues.

His books includes Invention of the Park (2005), Conservation Fallout (2006), The American West: Competing Visions (2009), US Environmental History: Inviting Doomsday (2012), and Disney Culture (2017). He has contributed to the US Library of Congress Film Registry, and exhibited work on video games at the British Academy. His new book, Gamer Nation: Video Games and American Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press), is due out in May 2019.


  • 2017–present
    Reader in American History and Culture, University of Kent
  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in History, University of Kent