Filippo Gradi

Japanese History
  • M.A. in East Asian Studies from Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • B.A. in East Asian Studies from Ca' Foscari University of Venice



Filippo Gradi is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in modern Japanese and global history. His dissertation research analyzes suffrage in Imperial Japan from the early 1910s through wartime, using social, institutional, and intellectual perspectives in a transnational context. In particular, through the lenses of suffrage, it tackles the rise of mass politics, the different visions of democracy, the parties’ electoral strategies, the women’s movement, the Korean minority, the colonial empire, the shift to authoritarianism, and wartime mobilization.

More broadly, his other research interests include the transnational movement of knowledge and ideas, 20th century Japanese and global political thought, and the history of the Japanese Meiji and postwar constitutions. His general exam fields focused on modern and early modern Japanese history, modern global history, and Japanese religion. In the 2022/23 academic year, he will conduct research in Tokyo, based at Teikyo University.