Title: Professor of History, Emeritus
Company: Georgia State University
Location: Decatur, Georgia, United States
Douglas R. Reynolds, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of History at Georgia State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.
Dr. Reynolds spent more than three decades enlightening the minds of students in history at George State University. He joined the faculty in 1980, and from 2006 to 2010, also served as the institutions director of the Asian Studies Center. Dr. Reynolds was inspired to become involved in his field because of his parents, who were educational missionaries in China from 1947 to 1951. Throughout his career, Dr. Reynolds is most proud of his two books, which tell a different story about Japanese and Chinese relations. Dr. Reynolds finds that researchers tend to either focus on China or Japan, rather than both. When he needed to do his research in the 60s and 70s, the U.S. didn’t have diplomatic relations with China. Many American scholars of China had to go to Japan for their study. He became interested in Japan and researched the two in combination. Now, scholars go to China and aren’t interested in Japan. He feels that this is the wave of the future.
Dr. Reynolds pursued his interest in the field at Columbia University, earning a PhD in 1976. On a civic level, he has been involved as the co-president of the Atlanta Chapter of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (now USCPFA). His involvement with the organization started in 2006. He has centered his own China-Japan studies on the two countries cultural interactions from 1850 to 1912. For his work, he has received several awards and accolades, including a Memorial Prize from the To-A Dobun Shoin Memorial Prize Committee, a Modern Sino-Japanese Relations Prize, and a Research Fellowship through the Luce Foundation (now the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.).
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