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Meet the Faculty

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Thomas H. Reilly

Professor of Chinese History
Coordinator of Chinese Language

Division: International Studies and Languages Division
Office: Pendleton Learning Center (PLC) 188
Phone: (310) 506-4198
E-mail: thomas.reilly@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Chinese History, University of Washington, 1997
  • M.A., Chinese History, University of Washington, 1991
  • Certificate in Chinese Language Study, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, 1986
  • B.A., Portland State University, 1977


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

Academic Interests:

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

Selected Works:

  • "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.