John Reynolds, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, History

John Reynolds, Ph.D.


Summer 2024 Office Hours: TBD.

John F. Reynolds, Professor of History, acquired his B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He is a political historian specializing in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. He has published two books and several articles addressing the regulation of political parties and the electoral process. His most recent essay, “The Hustling Candidate and the Advent of the Direct Primary,” appeared in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (2013). His research has a social science approach and he has taught graduate courses in quantitative methods in history at UTSA as well as in the University of Michigan’s InterUniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research summer program. Reynolds also has had a longstanding interest in the use of multimedia in instruction dating back to his days as an editor of H-Net’s H-MMEDIA. He continues to experiment with internet based instruction. Recently he was the principle investigator on a four year grant for developing a hybrid version of the U. S. history survey to be taught partly on-line. He is also teaches courses in local and public history. Reynolds’ current research interests have shifted to historical demography where he delves into the baptismal and burial records of San Antonio’s San Fernando parish from 1780 to 1860.

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