University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jeffrey Guarneri

TA: History 104, Professor Young

Advisor: Louise Young and Sarah Thal

Office: 4271 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5062 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3306
Office Hours: Thursdays 9:45-11:45

Jeffrey Guarneri


I am a student of modern Japanese history, specializing in the cultural history of capitalism in Japan’s commercial ports from 1868 to 1945.  My work explores the interplay between global economic relationships and ideologies of space and place in imperial Japan, through which I aim to examine the ways in which people of the Japanese empire made sense of Japan’s place in the world; the role that actors outside of Tokyo’s diplomatic and economic elite played in shaping Japan’s international engagement; and the relationships between liberal internationalism and imperialism in Japan’s commercial harbors.  In addition to the historiographic literature on transportation, capitalism, and cities, my work is informed by spatial and cultural theory as well as theories of mobility, cosmopolitanism, and empire.

Before coming to UW-Madison, I graduated from Rutgers University in 2010 with a B.A. in history and East Asian studies. After that, I spent three years working in local government in Fukui Prefecture, Japan as a Coordinator for International Relations on the JET Programme, during which time I realized that academic life isn’t so bad after all.  I have been happy to call Madison my intellectual home since the fall of 2013.


B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2010)


  • Modern Japan, Urban History, Maritime History, Spatial History, Economic 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’: Global Capital, Cosmopolitanism, and Civic Identity in Japan’s Port Cities, 1895-1941”

Selected Publications

  • Translation of Uno, Tsunehiro. “Imagination After the Earthquake: Japan’s Otaku Culture in the 2010s.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1:1 (2015).  114-136.


  • UW-Madison History Department Dissertator Fellowship (Spring 2018)
  • Henry Luce Foundation Travel Grant (May 2017)
  • 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)
  • History/Asian AM 160 – Asian American History (Fall 2015)
  • History 225/ES 404 – World Environmental History (Spring 2016)
  • History 335 – Korea 1945 – Present (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)
  • History 363 China and Asia in World War II (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)