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Thomas H. Reilly

Professor of Asian History
Coordinator of Chinese Language
International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College
PLC 188


  • PhD, Chinese History, University of Washington, 1997
  • MA, Chinese History, University of Washington, 1991
  • Certificate in Chinese Language Study, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, 1986
  • BA, Portland State University, 1977


  • Saving the Nation: Chinese Protestant Elites and the Quest to Build a New China, 1922-1952. Oxford University Press, 2021.  
  • "Wu Yaozong and the YMCA: From Social Reform to Social Revolution, 1927-1937," in Journal of American-East Asian Relations. Volume 19, 2012, pp. 263-287.
  • "Preaching the Social Gospel: Protestants and Economic Modernization in Republican China," in Ching Feng: A Journal on Christianity and Chinese Religion and Culture. Volume 8, Numbers 1-2, 2007, pp. 117-129.
  • Review of Book, Christian Heretics in Late Imperial China, for Journal of Chinese Religions. Volume 35, 2007.
  • The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom: Rebellion and the Blasphemy of Empire. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Fall, 2004.


  • Chinese Religion and Culture
  • Confucianism and Modernity
  • Social Reform in Republican China
  • Taiping Rebellion and Chinese Sectarianism


  • Survey of East Asia
  • History of Traditional Chinese Civilization
  • History of Modern China
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies