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Skidmore College

Jenny Huangfu Day

Jenny Huangfu Day

Jenny Huangfu Day 皇甫峥峥 is Associate Professor of History at Skidmore College. She obtained her PhD in History from University of California San Diego in 2012 and her BA from the University of Washington in 2007.  She grew up in Guilin, Guangxi and spends most of her time in Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Professor Day has published works in intellectual, cultural, and diplomatic history of late imperial and modern China, with a special interest in breaking disciplinary boundaries and integrating literary analysis, communication studies, and legal history into her historical work.  Her monograph Qing Travelers to the Far West is an example of this type of work.  The book is named one of the Outstanding Academic Title of 2019 by ACRL Choice.

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She is currently working on a new book project on international law and transnational fugitives in modern China, with a focus on the mobility of transnational revolutionary networks and the evolving legal and judicial institutions which shaped their interactions with nation-states.  It reconsiders the Chinese revolution from the perspective of interstates justice and international law as an evolving and contested space. 


  • Qing Travelers to the Far West: Diplomacy and the Information Order in Late Imperial China. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Wanqing zhuying shiguan zhaohui dang’an晚清駐英使館照會檔案 [Letters from the Qing Legation in London]. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe 上海古籍出版社, 2020.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Mediating Sovereignty: The Qing Legation in London and its Diplomatic Representation of China, 1876-1901,” Modern Asian Studies, forthcoming in 2021.
  • “The Textbook War: Educating Children in the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945,” Twentieth-Century China, forthcoming in 2021.
  • 晚清駐英公使館與國際法的運用:以雙語照會為中心的考察, 中華文史論叢, no. 2 (2020): 85-115.
  • “From Fire-Wheel Boats to Cities on the Sea: Changing Perceptions of the Steamships in the Late Qing, 1830s-1900s,” Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (2015): 50-63.   
  • “Searching for the Roots of Western Wealth and Power: Guo Songtao and Education in Victorian England,” Late Imperial China, vol. 35, no. 1 (June 2014): 1-37.
  • “Roads to Salvation: Shen Congwen, Xiao Qian and the Problem of Non-Communist Celebrity Writers, 1948-1957,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 22, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 39-87.

Pedagogical Essay

  • “Three Ways of Incorporating Storytelling into Chinese History Courses,” Education about Asia, vol. 24, no. 3 (2019).

Course Offerings

300 level:

  • International Relations in East Asian History
  • Media, State and Society in Modern China
  • Taming the West (research seminar)
  • China’s Last Empire
  • History of Confucianism

200 level: 

  • East Asia and the West, 1600-1945
  • China in War and Revolution
  • History of Modern Japan
  • Introduction to the History Major

100 level:

  • Introduction to Modern China
  • East Asian Civilization