Bruce Reynolds


Professor, Area Studies Advisor

University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1988.

Central Missouri State University.

B.A., cum laude
Central Missouri State University.

Office: DMH 140
Phone: 408-924-5523

Areas of Interest

Trans-Pacific International Relations in the 20th Century.
Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian History.
Asia during World War II.



Thailand's Secret War: OSS, SOE and the Free Thai Underground During World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Japan in the Fascist Era (editor/contributor) (Palgrave, 2004).

Thailand and Japan's Southern Advance (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

Articles/Book Chapters

  • "History, Memory, Compensation and Reconciliation: The Abuse of Labor on the Thailand-Burma Railway" in Paul H. Kratoska, ed., Asian Labor in the Wartime Japanese Empire: Unknown Histories (Armjonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2005).
  • "Phibun Songkhram and Thai Nationalism in the Fascist Era," European Journal of East Asian Studies 3:1 (2004).
  • "The Indian Community and the Indian Independence Movement in Thailand during World War II," in Paul Kratoska, ed., Southeast Asian Minorities in the Wartime Japanese Empire (Routledge-Curzon, 2002).
  • "Staying Behind in Bangkok: The OSS and American Intelligence in Postwar Thailand," Journal of Intelligence History 2:2 (Winter 2002).
  • "Failed Endeavours: Chinese Efforts to Gain Political Influence in Thailand during World War II," Intelligence and National Security 16:4 (Winter 2001).
  • "'International Orphans'—The Chinese in Thailand During World War II." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 28:2 (September 1997).
  • "From Anomaly to Model: Thailand's Role in Japan's Shifting Asia Strategy, 1941-1943" in Peter Duus, Ramon H. Myers, and Mark R. Peattie, eds., The Japanese Wartime Empire (Princeton University Press, 1996).
  • "The Opening Wedge: The OSS in Thailand," in George C. Chalou, ed., The Secrets War: The Office of Strategic Services in World War II (National Archives and Records Service, 1992.
  • "Imperial Japan's Cultural Program in Thailand," in Grant K. Goodman, ed., Japanese Cultural Policies in Southeast Asia during World War II (St. Martin's Press, 1991).

Selected Achievements

  • President, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) 1999–2001.
  • Lecture series, Military History Department of the National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo, 1998.
  • Fulbright Research Scholar (Japan, 1986–87; Thailand, 1987–88).
  • Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship (1985–86).
  • East-West Center Scholarship (1982–85).
  • Reid Hemphill Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Central Missouri State University, 1977.


A native of Missouri, I received my undergraduate and masters degrees from Central Missouri State University, and my Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to entering the teaching profession I worked as a radio broadcaster and print journalist.

My academic specialty is East and Southeast Asia history with an emphasis on international relations in the Pacific region during the first half of the twentieth century. I have published two books and several articles on Thailand's role in World War II and now am studying U.S.-China relations by focusing on the biography of long-time U.S. State Department China hand, Willys R. Peck.

At San José State University I serve as advisor for the Area Studies minor and am director of the East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center (EARMARC). Funded by grants from the East Asian Centers at Stanford University and UC-Berkeley, EARMARC lends audio-visual materials to teachers at all levels. For information, call 408-924-5518 or 408-924-5523. Or, you can write to EARMARC, c/o History Department, San José State University, San José, CA 95192-0117.