Professor of French Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature


David Wills joined the department of French Studies at Brown in fall 2013, and was appointed jointly in the Department of Comparative Literature in 2015.

He was born and educated in New Zealand (B.A. in English and French, University of Auckland, 1974; M.A. in French [1st Class], University of Auckland, 1976) before undertaking his doctoral studies in Paris (Doctorat du Troisième Cycle, Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1979). His first university position was in Australia (James Cook University of North Queensland, 1981-85).

In 1985 he came to the US to accept an appointment in the Department of French at Louisiana State University. He remained at LSU from 1985-98, rising through the ranks with tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1988, and to Professor in 1991, and chairing the department from 1993-98. In 1998 he was appointed Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University at Albany-SUNY. He was department chair from 1998-2004, and held a joint appointment in English. He was awarded the university’s Excellence in Research Prize in 2007, and named an International Fellow of the London Graduate School in 2010.

Wills has held visiting positions at the University of Queensland; Graduate Center, City University of New York; Université d’Aix-Marseille; University of Auckland; Emory University; and Columbia University. He has been a guest lecturer at over 50 institutions in the US, Europe, and the South Pacific.

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