Faculty Profile

Gillian Glaes

Gillian Glaes

Visiting Associate Professor of History

Fax: (406) 243-4076
Email: gillian.glaes@mso.umt.edu
Office: LA 259
Office Hours:

T/TH 12:30-1:30 p.m. & by appointment (via Zoom / Please email me for the link.)

Current Position

Visiting Associate Professor of History



  • HSTR 353: Modern France
  • HSTR 391: Modern African History
  • HSTR 391: The Cold War in Global Perspective (online)
  • HSTR 391: Africa since 1945
  • HSTR 391: Comparative Genocide
  • HSTR 391: Europe and Refugees: A History
  • HSTR 391: The Holocaust

African-American Studies:

  • AAS 208H: Africa: From Egypt to Apartheid's Origins (online)
  • AAS 291: A History of South Africa (online)

Franke Global Leadership Initiative: 

  • GBLD 110: Global Challenges and Leadership (online)
  • GBLD 194: Franke GLI seminar on migration and refugees







PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2007
MA, University of Oregon, 1999
BA, University of Montana, 1997

Field of Study

Modern Transnational and Global History; Europe, Africa, and Latin America; Postcolonialism and the State

Selected Publications

My book, African Political Activism in Postcolonial France: State Surveillance and Social Welfare, explores the relationship between immigrant political activism, state surveillance, and social welfare from multiple perspectives while factoring the dynamics of colonialism, decolonization, and the Cold War. And it's relevant to today's debates about immigration, race, nationalism, and identity. 


African Political Activism in Post-Colonial France: State Surveillance, and Social Welfare (Routledge 2018)

Review of Katelyn Knox, Race on Display in 20th- and 21st-Century France (H-France July 2018)

Review of Ruth Ginio, The French Army and Its African Soldiers: The Years of Decolonization (The Journal of Social History July 2017)

Review of Annadith Schneider, Turkish Art, Immigration, and Narratives of Home in France (H-France July 2017)

"Marginalized, yet Mobilized: The UGTSF, African Immigration, and Racial Advocacy in Post-colonial France." French Cultural Studies 24, no. 2 (May 2013).

"Sally N'Dongo, African Immigration, and the Politics of Neocolonialism in France and West Africa." Migrance 39 (2012).

"Gender and the French Ski Industry, 1946-1960." The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 37 (2010).

"Policing the Post-Colonial Order: Surveillance and the African Immigrant Community in France, 1960-1979." Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 36 (Summer 2010), 108-126.

"'Africans against Algerians, the exploited against the exploited': Media Representations of the 1963 Saint Denis Riot." The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 36 (2008).

"Curing Patients, Connecting Lives: The Centre Medico-Social Bossuet, the West African Community, and the Struggle Against Tuberculosis, 1963-1979." The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 32 (2005).

Chair Director Departments

Director of the Humanities Institute  at the University of Montana-Missoula

Member of the Editorial Board for the scholarly journal Immigrants and Minorities: Historical Studies in Ethnicity, Migration, and Diaspora


African-American Studies

Franke Global Leadership Initiative