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About Dr. Jeff Snyder-Reinke


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(208) 459-5750
Strahorn Hall, 204


Social and cultural history of late imperial China; methodology of religion; ritual and performance studies, Modern Asia

Personal Statement

I was raised just down the road in Ontario, Oregon, and had the good fortune of joining The College of Idaho faculty in 2006.

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where I specialized in the study of modern Chinese history and East Asian religions. My dissertation research was conducted at the Institute for Qing History in Beijing while on a Fulbright fellowship. Out of this research came my first book, Dry Spells: State Rainmaking and Local Governance in Late Imperial China, which was published in the Harvard East Asian Monograph Series in 2009. I am currently working on a book-length study of grave desecration in the Qing dynasty.

Here at The College of Idaho, I teach courses in modern world history and a variety of topics in Asian history, including Modern China, Modern Japan, Modern Tibet, Southeast Asia, and Religion and the State in Late Imperial China. In addition, I co-led a College of Idaho study tour to China in winter 2008 and one in the summer of 2012. When I am not teaching or doing research, I spend my time trail running, skiing, climbing mountains, and taking care of my twin boys, Rhodes and Ike.

Professional Experience

Professor Snyder-Reinke has taught courses on Asian history and religion at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and Northern Michigan University


  • Ph. D., University of Michigan
  • M. A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Northern Michigan University