Wesleyan portrait of Roberto  Saba

Roberto Saba

Assistant Professor of American Studies

Assistant Professor, History


BA University of S?o Paulo
MA University of S?o Paulo
PHD University of Pennsylvania

Roberto Saba

Roberto Saba is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States and its engagement with other parts of the world. He approaches his subjects from transnational and comparative perspectives. His research and teaching focus on capitalism, imperialism, and slavery. He is also interested in the histories of migration, popular culture, world's fairs, and exploration.   

His book—American Mirror: The United States and Brazil in the Age of Emancipation (Princeton University Press, 2021)—investigates how American and Brazilian reformers worked together to ensure that slave emancipation would advance the interests of capital. He has also published a chapter titled "The Sun Rises in the North: Brazilian Periodicals Published in the United States in the 1870s" in the edited volume
Press, Power, and Culture in Imperial Brazil (New Mexico University Press, 2021).

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Mondays 3:00pm-5:00pm at CAMS 115 or by appointment


Fall 2024
AMST 221 - 01
Nationalism and Identity

AMST 290 - 01
Color Lines