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Professor in American Media and Culture, University of Kent

Dr John Wills is Professor of American Media & Culture in the School of Arts at the University of Kent. He specializes in game studies, disney studies, environmental history, parks, tourism and recreation, and Hollywood film.

He is the author of seven books, including Disney Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2017) and Gamer Nation: Video Games and American Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), available at:

He has exhibited work on video games at the British Academy Summer Showcase in London (June 2018) as well as provided film essays for the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board.


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