Jeffrey Guarneri

Position title: History Lab Coordinator


Advisor: Louise Young and Sarah Thal
Curriculum Vitae (pdf) | Website

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I am a historian of modern Japan specializing in the cultural, infrastructural, and spatial histories of Japan’s port cities in global contexts. I am currently writing my dissertation on how issues of international commerce and domestic political economy shaped ideas of global citizenship in these ports during the social, political, and economic crises in Japan and the international system of the 1930s. My work sits at the nexus of urban, maritime, mobility, economic, and spatial histories as well as the cultural history of capitalism. I am also an avid proponent of digital historical scholarship and methods, and have made these a cornerstone of my teaching while looking for new ways to incorporate them into my research.

I have been happy to call Madison home since the fall of 2013. Before coming to UW, I graduated from Rutgers University in my home state of New Jersey, then worked for three years in the Fukui Prefectural Government as a Coordinator for International Relations on the JET Program.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Rutgers University-New Brunswick


  • East Asian History

MA Title

  • “Making a “Gateway to Japan”: Tsuruga, International Transportation Networks, and the Remapping of Japan’s Place in the World, 1895-1937”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Marketing Japan’s ‘Gateway to the World’: Commerce, Crisis, and the Making of Civic Identities in Nagasaki, 1929-1937 ”

Selected Publications

  • Cartographies of Global Connectivity in Interwar Japan.” Global Urban History, November 14, 2019.
  • Uno, Tsunehiro. “Imagination After the Earthquake: Japan’s Otaku Culture in the 2010s.” Translated by Jeffrey C. Guarneri. Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1:1 (2015), 114-136.


  • Merle Curti Teaching Fellowship (Spring 2021)
  • Doris G. Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship (AY 2019-2020)
  • UW-Madison Graduate School Dissertation Writing Fellowship (Fall 2018)
  • Herfurth Dissertation Writing Fellowship (Spring 2018)
  • Fulbright-IIE Graduate Research Fellowship (AY 2016-2017)
  • SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Summer 2015)=
  • TITLE VI Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship for Korean (Summer 2014)
  • UW-Madison Chancellor’s Fellowship (AY 2013-2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Global Urban History Project

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 103 – Survey of Chinese History to 1989 (Fall 2014)
  • History/EAS 104 – Japan from Ancient to Modern Times (Fall 2017)
  • History/Asian AM 160 – Asian American History (Fall 2015)
  • History 225/ES 404 – World Environmental History (Spring 2016)
  • History 335 – Korea 1945 to the Present (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)
  • History 363 – China and Asia in World War II (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)
  • History 465 – Global Environmental History (Spring 2019)

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 200 – Doing Digital History: Tokyo, 1868-2021 – Syllabi 2021 (pdf)
  • History 225 – Tokyo 1868-1964: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City (Online, Summer 2020)
  • History 229 – Global Encounters in the 20th Century Pacific (Summer 2019)