University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jeffrey Guarneri

Advisor: Louise Young and Sarah Thal

Jeffrey Guarneri


I am a student of modern Japanese history, with a particular interest in the history of Japan’s port cities and maritime commerce in global contexts. I am currently writing my dissertation on spatial imaginaries and ideas of global citizenship in these ports during Japan’s interwar period (1918-1941), and my work sits at the nexus of urban, maritime, transportation, economic, spatial, and mobility histories as well as the cultural history of capitalism.

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. in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015)
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 Japan”: Tsuruga, International Transportation Networks, and the Remapping of Japan’s Place in the World, 1895-1937″

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Becoming “Gateways to the World”: Global Citizenship and the Cultures of Capitalism in Japan’s Port Cities, 1918-1941″

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 Herfurth 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/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 – Present (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)
  • History 363 China and Asia in World War II (as Research and Writing Specialist) (Spring 2015)