I am a student of modern Japanese history, with an emphasis on the social and cultural history of imperial Japan (1868-1945). My chief thematic interests include urban history, maritime studies, and histories of space and place. Additionally, my work is informed by urban, spatial, and cultural theory in addition to disciplinary geography and mobility studies. My current work on Japan’s port cities sits at the nexus of the above historiographic and theoretical literatures, through which I seek to situate the history of Japan's ports and transportation networks in the context and currents of global history.

Before coming to UW-Madison, I graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and East Asian Studies in 2010. After that, I spent three years toiling away in local government in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, during which time I realized that academic life isn’t so bad after all.

  • Modern Japan, Urban History, Maritime History, Spatial History

MA Title:

  • "Making a Gateway to the World: Tsuruga, International Communications Networks, and the Remapping of Japan's Place in the World"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "Becoming 'Gateways to the World': Internationalism and Spatial Imaginaries in Japan’s Port Cities, 1895-1945"
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


  • Fulbright-IIE Japan Dissertation Research Grant (AY 2016-2017)

  • UW-Madison Graduate School Student Research Travel Grant (Summer 2016)

  • Stanford University CEAS East Asia Library Research Travel Grant (Summer 2016)

  • SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Summer 2015)

  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant for Korean (Summer 2014)

  • UW-Madison Chancellor’s Fellowship (AY 2013-2014)

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 Certified (July 2013)

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Alpha Chapter (inducted May 2009)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association for Asian Studies

Courses Taught as TA:

  • History 103 - Survey of Chinese History to 1989 (Fall 2014)
    Teaching Assistant

  • History/Asian AM - 160 Asian American History (Fall 2015)
    Teaching Assistant

  • History 225/ES 404 - World Environmental History (Spring 2016)
    Teaching Assistant
  • History 335 - Korea 1945 – Present

  • History 363 China and Asia in World War II (Spring 2015)
    Research and Writing Specialist

Jeffrey Guarneri

Jeffrey Guarneri


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