Participant Info

First Name
Chelsea
Last Name
Schields
Affiliation
University of California, Irvine
Website URL
https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=6440
Keywords
Modern Europe, Caribbean, sexuality, colonialism, decolonization, gender, race
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About Me

I am an historian of modern Europe with a special emphasis on the continent’s entanglements in the wider world. Guided by abiding interest in the afterlives of colonialism and racial slavery, my work highlights the intersections among the histories of sexuality, race and the politics of decolonization in Europe and its former empires.

My current book manuscript explores how discussions on sexual and reproductive politics drew together European and Caribbean interlocutors, even as empire ended. A trans-Atlantic history of the Netherlands and its overseas territories in the Caribbean, the book argues that intimacy has served as the premiere site for refashioning postcolonial ties in this commonwealth state.

I am also at work on a new research project, which chronicles the emergence and diffusion of social scientific literature on the matrifocal, or mother-centered, household. I ask how post-slavery knowledge centering on race, the family, and sexuality traveled across time, oceans and national contexts to ultimately shape decolonization and social welfare policy in both Europe and the US.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Netherlands, Dutch Caribbean
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, Netherlands, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality