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Dr Julia Guarneri

Dr Julia Guarneri

University Lecturer in American History

Fitzwilliam College
Storey's Way

Cambridge CB3 0JD


I did my BA at Cornell University, and completed my PhD at Yale under the supervision of Glenda Gilmore.  I have been an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, a visiting professor at Colgate University, and an adjunct professor at City College in Manhattan.  I joined the Cambridge Faculty of History in 2015. 

My research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Newberry Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Subject groups/Research projects

American History:

Research Interests

I am a social and cultural historian of the United States, focusing on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  My first book, Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans, is a history of mainstream daily newspapers and the cities they served. The book examines newspapers’ roles in creating cities and urban cultures, and will be published by the University of Chicago Press in the fall of 2017.

I have published on the history of children in the American city, and currently am working on an article on women’s pages in turn-of-the-century newspapers.


I convene Paper 24 (American History from 1865 to the present) in Part I of the history Tripos.  Beginning in 2017 I am teaching a Specified Subject, "Consumption and Consumer Culture in the United States." I supervise Part II dissertations on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history, and I supervise for the MPhil in American history.

Key Publications

Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming in fall 2017)

“Popular Culture” in A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, ed. Christopher McKnight Nichols and Nancy Unger (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)

"Progressive Political Culture and the Widening Scope of Local Newspapers, 1880-1930" in Media Nation: The Political History of News in Modern America, ed. Bruce J. Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

“Changing Strategies for Child Welfare, Enduring Beliefs About Childhood: The Fresh Air Fund, 1877-1926,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Vol. 11, No. 1 (January 2012): 27-70.