Dr Sabine Cadeau

Key information

Roles
Department of History Lecturer in African Diaspora History
Building
SOAS, Main Building
Office
Room 339
Email address
sc140@soas.ac.uk
Support hours
Mondays 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Biography

Sabine F. Cadeau is Lecturer in African Diaspora History at SOAS, the University of London.  She is a historian of Modern Latin America, the Caribbean, and the African diaspora.  Her research and teaching interests span the early modern Atlantic World and Modern Latin American and Caribbean history. Her first book More than a Massacre: Racial Violence and Citizenship in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands was recently published by the University of Cambridge Press Afro-Latin America series:. The book traces a successively worsening campaign of explicitly racialized anti-Haitian repression that began in 1919 under the American occupiers, accelerated in 1930 with the rise of Trujillo, and culminated in 1937 with the slaughter of an estimated twenty thousand civilians. More than a Massacre reframes the 1937 Haitian Massacre as a genocide and demonstrates the importance of this event for understanding statelessness and citizenship in the twentieth century. 

Her second manuscript, “Bonds and Bondage: Fixed Income, Broken Lives,” is forthcoming with the University of Cambridge Press in 2023. This manuscript emerged from the commissioned University of Cambridge Legacies of Enslavement Inquiry that began in 2019.  It is a study of the university of Cambridge’s multiple relationships with slave trading companies such as the East India Company, the Royal African Company and especially the South Sea Company.  This book manuscript illustrates the ways in which the University of Cambridge accumulated wealth from the slave trade and enslavement through colonial financial instruments.  Through this study, Cadeau demonstrates that the University of Cambridge was actively involved in slave trading and was transformed by the colonial capitalism of the early modern era in multiple highly visible ways.

Her research has been supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, The Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor’s Endowment Fund.  At SOAS, Dr. Cadeau’s teaching includes undergraduate modules on Atlantic Slavery, Introduction to Caribbean history, and graduate level modules on the African diaspora in the Americas

Dr. Cadeau received her PhD. in Modern Latin American and Caribbean-Atlantic History from the University of Chicago in 2015.  From 2015-2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University’s Center for Historical Analysis.  From 2016-2017 she was a postdoctoral fellow in Yale University’s Program in Agrarian Studies.  From 2017-2019, she was Visiting Assistant Professor in Modern Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of South Florida at Tampa. From 2019-2022, she was a postdoctoral research fellow for the University of Cambridge Legacies of Enslavement Inquiry.

 

Key publications

Books

More than a Massacre: Racial Violence and Citizenship in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands, Cambridge University Press, June 2022)

More Than A Massacre by Sabine Cadeau

 

Bonds and Bondage: Fixed Income, Broken Lives (The University of Cambridge Legacies of Enslavement Inquiry), forthcoming 2023, Cambridge University Press

Other publications

Advisory Group on Legacies of Enslavement final report, co-authors, Sabine Cadeau and  Nicolas Bell-Romero, chair: Martin Millet, Emeritus Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology 

From Tierra de Nadie to Terre Brulée—From Borderland to Border in Haiti and the Dominican Republic”. Barriers and Border, Crossing Borders Workshop Papers, Columbia World Projects and the Centre for History and Economics, 2022. Download the PDF

Publications

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