Professor & Sen Sōshitsu Distinguished Chair
Sen Sōshitsu Professor of Traditional Japanese Culture and History
Office: Sakamaki B412
Phone: (808) 956-7299
BA DePauw, 1973; MA, PhD Harvard, 1976, 1981
William Wayne Farris received his doctorate from Harvard University in Japanese history in 1981. He has written six books and numerous articles dealing with the social and economic history of pre-modern Japan. These include Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan’s Military, 500-1300 (1992); Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures: Issues in the Historical Archaeology of Ancient Japan (1998); Japan’s Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age (2006); Japan to 1600: A Social and Economic History (2009). Professor Farris was awarded a Japan-US Educational Commission Fulbright to Tokyo last academic year, from November 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011, to study the commodity history of Japanese green tea, called "A Cup for a Copper: A Commodity History of Japanese Green Tea."
Dr. Farris offers courses on Japan's social and economic history to 1700; the history of the samurai; world history to 1500; the "Way of Tea".