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Skidmore College

Jenny Huangfu Day

Jenny Huangfu DayJenny Huangfu Day is assistant professor of History at Skidmore College. She holds a Ph.D. in History from University of California San Diego. She teaches courses on East Asian civilization, modern Chinese and Japanese history, and upper-division courses on Chinese intellectual history, East-West interactions, and the history of media and communication in East Asia.  


  • Qing Travellers to the Far West: Diplomacy and the Information Order in Late Imperial China. (In press, Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Current research

  • The Sino-Japanese War and China's Communication Revolution, 1894-1895

Research interests

  • China’s Foreign Relations and the Intelligence Community in Qing and Republican periods
  • Changing Systems of Communication in 19th and 20th century China  
  • Media and the State in Modern China
  • Travel Writing and Representation  

Selected Publications

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.   

Courses offered in spring 2018:

  • HI 144: East Asian Civilization (3 credits)

 HI 144 East Asian Civilization

  • HI 242P: China in War and Revolution (4 credits)

 HI 242P China in War and Revolution

  • HI 344P: China's Last Empire (4 credits)

 HI 351D Media, State, and Society

Courses offered in fall 2017:

  • HI 351D: Media, State, and Society (4 credits)


  • HI 247C: History of Modern Japan (4 credits)

Chinese History

Courses offered in other semesters:
  • FYE: Empire and Knowledge in Chinese History (freshman seminar)
  • HI 144: East Asian Civilization
  • HI 145: Modern East Asia
  • HI 242: China in War and Revolution
  • HI 344C: China’s Last Empire
  • HI 351: East Asia and the West  
  • HI 351: Taming the West (research seminar)