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Prof Saje M Mathieu

Department of History 1233 HellerH 271 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • African American history since Reconstruction
  • 20th century American history
  • Migration, social movements and political resistance

Educational Background

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


  • 1919: Race, Riot, and Revolution. Mathieu, Saje, Author, under development.
  • 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. Link
  • "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. Link

Courses Taught

  • The Black Diaspora in Historical Perspective
  • African American History since 1865
  • Global America since 1865
  • Making Race, Making Science
  • Race and Sport
  • The 1950s: Conforming to a Decade of Change
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Featured Faculty

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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