Prof Saje M Mathieu

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Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, is currently a Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Warren Center for Studies in American History. Prof. Mathieu earned a joint Ph.D. in History and African American Studies from Yale University and specializes in twentieth century American and African American history with an emphasis on immigration, war, race, globalization, social movements, and political resistance. Her first book North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870-1955 examines the social, cultural, legal, and political impact of African American and West Indian sleeping car porters in Canada. It analyzes black immigrant railway workers’ transnational vision of trade unionism and their political mobilization in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century. She is currently working on her next book, The Glory of Their Deeds: A Global History of Black Soldiers and the Great War Era. This book examines the experiences of black soldiers and civilians during World War One, both in Allies and Central Powers nations. The book explores how race shaped the politics of enlistment and engagement in the British, Canadian, African, Caribbean, French, American, and German armies. It also discusses how blacks, whether combatants or intellectual-activists, challenged prevailing racialist ideas and practices during the Great War era. In addition, the book investigates how black soldiers and intellectual-activists responded to international outbreaks of racialized violence in Europe, Southern Africa, and North America as important moments for galvanizing new transnational models of political resistance that redefined black civil rights globally. Together, black soldiers and radicals beat back an international color line—whether defined as colonialism, apartheid, or Jim Crow—viewing each regime as inextricably linked in geopolitical terms. Prof. Mathieu has earned several international awards and is a former fellow at the University of Heidelberg’s Center for American Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and at Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute. She is also the recipient of the Arthur ‘Red’ Motley Exemplary Teaching Award.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Joint Ph.D.: History and African American Studies, Yale University, 2001.


  • African American History since Reconstruction
  • World War One
  • U. S. History, 1865 to the Present
  • Immigration, Social Movements and Political Resistance
  • Race and Sport
  • Black/African Diaspora Studies
Courses Taught
  • World War One: A Global History
  • Readings in Modern American History, 1848-Present
  • African American History since 1865
  • Transnational U.S. History
  • A Nation of Immigrants: U.S. Immigration History
  • The Black Diaspora
  • Global America since 1865
  • Making Race, Making Science
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Race and Sport
  • The 1950s: Conforming to a Decade of Change
  • The Glory of Their Deeds: A Global History of Black Soldiers and the Great War Era. Mathieu, Saje, Author, under development.
  • L'Union Fait La Force: Black Soldiers in the Great War: Mathieu, Saje, First World War Studies, forthcoming Winter 2.
  • North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870-1955. Mathieu, Saje, The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture, University of North Carolina Press, Author, 2010. Link
  • "The Black Experience in Canada Revisited": Mathieu, Saje, Duke University Press, Migrants and Migration in Modern North America: Cross-Border Life Courses, Labor Markets, and Politics in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States, 399-421, 2011.
  • "Great Expectations: African Americans and the Great War": Mathieu, Saje, American Quarterly, 63 , 2011.
  • "The Great Migration Reconsidered": Mathieu, Saje, Magazine of History, 23, no. 4 , 2009.
  • Review of Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860 by Amani Whitfield: Mathieu, Saje, Left History, 12, no. 2 156-159, 2007.
  • "North of the Color Line: Sleeping Car Porters and the Battle Against Jim Crow on Canadian Rails, 1880-1920": Mathieu, Saje, Labour/Le Travail, 47 9-42, 2001.
  • Harvard University's Warren Center for Studies in American History, 2018 - 2019
  • University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award, 2015 - 2018
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Heidelberg University Center for American Studies, Germany, 2012 - 2013
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2012 - 2013
  • Australian National University Humanities Center Freilich Foundation Fellow, 2012 - 2013
  • International First World War Studies Travel Award, 2013
  • Global Programs & Strategy Alliance, International Travel Award, 2012 - 2013
  • President's Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2008 - 2009
  • Princeton University's Provost Initiative Award, 2000 - 2007
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2002 - 2003
  • Schomburg Center Scholar-in-Residence, 2002 - 2003
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1996 - 1998