Professor Reynolds is a specialist in modern Chinese history, with an associated research field in modern Japanese history. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels covering all periods of Chinese and Japanese history, as well as world history. His research and major publications emphasize modern China-Japan relations, focusing on cultural interactions between China and Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Research has taken him to China and Japan as well as to major research libraries in the United States. His most recent book, published in 2014, is East Meets East: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1853-1898 – A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China. His earlier book, China, 1898-1912: The Xinzheng Revolution and Japan (1993) was nominated for several national academic prizes in the United States. On the strength of this book, he was awarded Japan’s prestigious To-A Dobun Shoin Memorial Prize in 1996. This book’s Chinese translation was published in China in 1998, reprinted in 2006 and 2010, and has been published in a new edition, with a new preface, using traditional complex Chinese characters, by the Commercial Press (Hong Kong), Inc. (2015).
Other writings by Reynolds have been awarded two different Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prizes of the Association for Asian Studies. His lengthy book chapter, “Japanese Encyclopaedias: A Hidden Impact on Late Qing Chinese Encyclopaedias?” was published in 2013, and his book, East Meets East: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854-1898 – A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China, was published in 2014. Reynolds has given frequent presentations at meetings and academic conferences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, including Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (in Chinese), Japan (in Japanese), Hong Kong, and Singapore.
East Meets East: Chinese Discover the Modern World in Japan, 1854-1898 – A Window on the Intellectual and Social Transformation of Modern China (Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, Asia Past & Present Series, 2014), xviii, 715.
“Huang Zunxian (1848-1905),” Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, edited by Kerry Brown, 4 vols. (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2014), 3:1155-70 (5,000 word essay on a very important man appearing for the first time in an English language reference work).
“Japanese Encyclopaedias: A Hidden Impact on Late Qing Chinese Encyclopaedias?” In Chinese Encyclopaedias of New Global Knowledge (1870-1930): Changing Ways of Thought, edited by Milena Doleželová-Velingerová and Rudolf G. Wagner (New York: Springer, 2013; 2014), 137-89. “
Japan-China Relations,” 3000-word entry for the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (5 vols.; Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009), 3:1196-1201.
“Christian Mission Schools in Comparative Perspective: A Comparison with Japan’s To-A Dobun Shoin in Shanghai, 1901-1945, and Their Legacies,” in Glen Peterson, Ruth Hayhoe, and Yongling Lu, eds., Education and Society in Twentieth Century China (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001), 82-108.
“Training Young China Hands: Toa Dobun Shoin and Its Precursors, 1886-1945,” in The Japanese Informal Empire in China, 1895-1937, eds. Peter Duus, Ramon H. Myers, and Mark R. Peattie (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989), 210-271. Awarded the 1991 Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, administered by the Mid-Atlantic Region, AAS.
“A Golden Decade Forgotten: Japan-China Relations, 1898-1907,” The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, fourth series, 2 (1987), 93-153. Awarded the 1988 Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, administered by the Mid-Atlantic Region, AAS.
“Chinese Area Studies in Prewar China: Japan’s Toa Dobun Shoin in Shanghai, 1900-1945,” The Journal of Asian Studies, 45.5 (November 1986), 945-970. One of two publications mentioned in the award letter of the To-A Dobun Shoin Memorial Prize, Tokyo, 1996.