Date Updated




Academic Rank

Professor Emeritus

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State) , Mass Comm./History, B.S./M.A., 1969/1977

University of Hawaii at Manoa, History, Ph.D., 1988

Dissertation Title

Ambivalent Allies: Japan & Thailand, 1941-1945

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1988-2018

Administrative and Professional Experience

Department Chair 1995-1999


Director East Asian Materials & Resources Center (EARMARC) (1990-2019)

Selected Publications


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

Thailand and Japan's Southern Advance. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.


Vimol Bhongbhibat, Sukhon Polpatpicharn and E. Bruce Reynolds. The Eagle and the Elephant: 150 Years of Thai-American Relations. Bangkok(1988)

Masayuki Sekine and E. Bruce Reynolds. Newspaper English vs. Broadcast English. Tokyo(1974)


Japan in the Fascist Era. New York: Palgrave, 2004.


"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. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.

"Peculiar Characteristics: The Japanese Political System in the Fascist Era" in E. Bruce Reynolds, ed., Japan in the Fascist Era. New York: Palgrave, 2004.

"The Indian Community and the Indian Independence Movement in Thailand During World War II" in Paul H. Kratoska, ed., Southeast Asian Minorities in the Wartime Japanese Empire. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002.

"From Anomaly to Model: Thailand's Role in Japan's Shifting Asian Strategy, 1941-1943" in Peter Duus, Ramon H. Myers and Mark R. Peattie, eds., The Japanese Wartime Empire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

"The Opening Wedge: The OSS in Thailand" in George C. Chalou, ed., The Secrets War. Washington, D. C.: 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 2. New York: St. Martin Press, 1991.

E. Bruce Reynolds. "General Nakamura Aketo—A Khaki-clad Diplomat in Wartime Thailand" BangkokThai-Japanese Relations in Historical Perspective (1990)

E. Bruce Reynolds. "Kōhatsu naru shōkoku gaikō: Tai to Niohon no nanshin (Crafty Small-Nation Diplomacy: Thailand and Japan's Southern Advance)" BangkokGunji shigakkai (Military History Society), Dainiji sekai taisen: hassei to kakudai (The Second World War: Outbreak and Expansion) (1990)

"General Nakamura Aketo—A Khaki-clad Diplomat in Wartime Thailand" in E. Bruce Reynolds and Chaiwat Khamchoo, eds., Thai-Japanese Relations in Historical Perspective. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Institute for Asian Studies, 1988.

"American Missionaries in Nineteenth Century Thailand" in Hans H. Indorf, ed., Thailand-American Relations. Singapore: Executive Publications, 1982.


E. Bruce Reynolds. "Grassroots Fascism: The War Experience of the Japanese People. Yoshimi Yoshiaki" War in History Vol. 24 Iss. 2 (2017) p. 247 - 249 ISSN: 0968-3445

"Surrender in Singapore: A Multinational Perspective," World War II Quarterly 6:1 (2009).

"Phibun Songkhram and Thai Nationalism in the Fascist Era," European Journal of East Asian Studies 3:1 (2004).

"Staying Behind in Bangkok: The OSS and American Intelligence in Postwar Thailand," Journal of Intelligence History 2:2 (2002).

"Failed Endeavours: Chinese Efforts to Gain Political Influence in Thailand during World War II," Intelligence and National Security 16:4 (2001).

E. Bruce Reynolds. "Nijyū seki no sensō to Tōnan Ajia jichi e no tankyū (Twentieth Century Wars and Southeast Asia's Quest for Autonomy)" Gunji shigaku (Journal of Miltiary History) Vol. 36 Iss. 3-4 (2001)

E. Bruce Reynolds. "Teikoku rikugun to Nittai dōmei (The Imperial Army and the Thai-Japanese Alliance)" Senshibu Nenpo (Annual of the Military History Department) (1999)

"'International Orphans': The Chinese in Thailand During World War II," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 28:2 (1997).

"Japan and World War II: Detour Through a Dark Valley," Relevance 6:1 (1997).

"Aftermath of Alliance: The Wartime Legacy in Thai-Japanese Relations," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 16:2 (1989).

"The Yenan Path to Moscow: A Dead-end in Japan's desperation Diplomacy," Journal of International Studies (Institute of International Relations, Sophia University, Tokyo) 19 (1987).

E. Bruce Reynolds. "Convict Labor, the Montserrat Experience" Missouri Historical Review Vol. 77 Iss. 1 (1982)

Personal Commentary

A native of Missouri, I received my undergraduate and masters degrees from Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), and my Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to entering the teaching profession I worked as a radio broadcaster, including three years of Air Force service at the Far East Network in Japan, and as a print journalist.

I specialized in 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 and book chapters on Thailand's role in World War II and edited a volume on Japanese fascism. Recently my research has focused on three American missionary families who worked for decades in China.



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