William Joseph

Bill Joseph
wjoseph@wellesley.edu

(781) 283-2201
Political Science
B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
Pendleton Hall East Rm. 232



William A. Joseph
Professor of Political Science

Bill Joseph's major area of research interest is contemporary Chinese politics and ideology, particularly the radicalism of Mao Zedong and its impact on China's political and economic development.


In addition to China, his teaching interests include the Vietnam war, revolutionary movements, communist and post-communist regimes, and the political economy of development. His recent publications include Politics in China: An Introduction (editor, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2014) and Introduction to Comparative Politics: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas, (co-editor, 7th ed., Cengage, 2014) and . He is an Associate of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. Mr. Joseph was the founding faculty director of the Elisabeth Luce Moore '24 Wellesley-Yenching Program, which supports the College's ties to East Asia and has also served as the director Wellesley's International Relations and East Asian Studies programs and as chair of the political science department