Areas of Expertise

Associate Professor Clark has been at TUJ since 1992. In that time he has taught a wide variety of courses in American cultural studies and American literature. These include courses in United States cultural history, American film, gender issues, and the experiences and writings of Asian Americans, especially Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans.

Teaching Interests

Among Associate Professor Clark's interests are the American value system, the history and aesthetics of film in the U.S., the arts—especially modern literature and painting in American society—and Asian American history and literature.


Associate Professor Clark's research interests include the American writers of the late nineteenth century, in particular the Naturalists and early Realists, and how their stories and styles express the rapidly changing U.S. society of their time. He is also interested in the connections between the arts, between the writings and paintings (and later films) in this and later periods.

More recently, he has been exploring the range of Asian-American writers, with a focus on the Filipino-American Carlos Bulosan and Japanese-American writers of the nisei generation, such as Monica Sone and Toshio Mori. Again the focus is on their writing as cultural productions.

Representative Publications

  • Clark, William J. The iconography of gender in Thomas Eakins' portraiture. American Studies, 32:2, Fall 1991.
  • Clark, William J. The kids really fit: Rock text and rock practice in Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock. Popular Music and Society 18:4 (1994): 57-76.
  • Clark, William J. Naturalism, revitalization and the novels of Frank Norris. Consumption and American Culture, David E. Nye and Carl Pedersen (eds.), European Contributions to American Studies XXI, VU University Press, Amsterdam, Holland, 1991.
  • Clark, William J. Flashpoints along the road to recognition: Review of Helen Zia's Asian American dreams. Japan Times. October 14, 2001.


  • Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Minnesota (1991)
  • M.A. in American Studies, University of Wyoming
  • B.S. in English, St. Louis University

Professional Associations

  • American Studies Association (USA)
  • Japanese Association for American Studies
  • Popular Culture Association (USA)